The rags to riches story continues for Manchester United flop Bebe as he moves closer to joining Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.
The man who once appeared in a homeless World Cup was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2010 in a story which made international headlines for all of the wrong reasons.
Fergie openly admitted he hadn’t scouted Bebe and signed him on the back of a recommendation of a single performance and if that wasn’t a bold enough move, Bebe had only transferred to Vitória de Guimarães less than two months before United decided to make their £8 million move.
Now, according to Portuguese newspaper Correio Da Manha, the 23-year-old striker was close to agreeing personal terms with Braga until realising the interest of Sporting Lisbon, and has now opted for a move to Estádio José Alvalade as the lure of Champions League football is on offer.
Bebe has said that he’d like to return to United next season but these reports suggest his future lies elsewhere, even after an impressive season in which he scored some great goals.
A slight stumbling block in the permanent transfer is Bebe’s salary, with both Braga and Sporting unable to match what he earns at Old Trafford. It is reported that United will have to offer Bebe part of a contractual pay out if this move is to get the green light.