United snap up Portuguese rising star Bebe for £7m
Thursday 12 August 2010
Manchester United last night revealed that they have added an eighth striker to their books with the £7m signature of the 20-year-old Portuguese Bebe, a prodigious talent who has come from nowhere to astonish scouts in his own country and who had been expected to sign for Real Madrid.
Bebe – full name Tiago Manuel Dias Correia – has impressed in pre-season for Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal and United's scouts have been so impressed by a player recommended to the club by Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant, Carlos Queiroz, that they have moved quickly. Bebe, who also operates as an offensive midfielder, will have a medical in Manchester this week.
Bebe, who is 6ft 2in, has impressed with his speed, agility and shooting ability. He has graduated from the Portuguese third division, joining Vitoria on a five-year contract just five weeks ago.
Bebe has an intriguing background. Having lived part of his childhood on the streets, he was raised in an orphanage and has represented Portugal in the Homeless World Cup.
Personal terms have been agreed with Bebe, who was born at Cacem, in the Lisbon region. Ferguson is believed to have met the player on Tuesday when he flew to Portugal to act as a witness for Queiroz in a disciplinary case with the Portuguese football federation.
His signing takes United's total summer spending up to around £25m following the arrival of Chris Smalling from Fulham and Javier Hernandez from Chivas de Guadalajara. Ferguson is also interested in the 21-year-old German midfielder Mesut Ozil.
Given United's number of strikers, Bebe could be sent out on loan. Mame Biram Diouf is at Blackburn Rovers, where Sam Allardyce has ideas to play David Dunn behind him, and Danny Welbeck is heading to Sunderland.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food