Bebe is set to be the latest Manchester United flop to leave the club, as Louis van Gaal begins his reign by axing those he doesn’t deem worthy.
According to the Daily Star, echoing prominent reports in Portugal, the 23-year-old is on the verge of moving to Benfica, and will fly to Lisbon to complete his medical before officially leaving the Red Devils. This follows three separate loan spells wherein the attacker has bagged himself 16 goals.
Despite having been initially signed by Sir Alex Ferguson, it’s been a long-time since Bebe was living on anything other than borrowed time at United, and fans will be largely unsurprised to see him become an immediate casualty of Van Gaal’s reign.
The forward has never looked like he would one day become a first-team regular at United, despite having been signed for around £7million in 2010. Having failed to impress Ferguson he was soon farmed out on loan, where he spend the entirety of last season under David Moyes.
Van Gaal has made it apparent that he will make the move permanent by flogging him to Benfica, and the player himself is soon to sign a contract agreeing to such a scenario. This comes after he was cut out of United’s pre-season tour of the United States, despite the fact that the likes of Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young are in.
For a reason unbeknownst to the English media, Bebe is still considered a top talent in his native land, with Pacos de Ferreira, Rio Ave and Besiktas all having profited from his services in recent years. Having netted 12 times last term it seems he has done enough to impress one of the giants of the Primera Liga, as Benfica are equally as keen to take him on as United are to get him off the books.
Not only that, but it would appear that Bebe himself is desperate to make said switch, having been quoted by ESPN as having said: “I am waiting for them to tell me when I can travel, as far as I know the clubs are talking.
"It would be a good opportunity to relaunch my career. I'll certainly have more chances to play and show myself.
"I hope everything will be sorted out by the weekend. I want to put my head in place and work at 100%, without any concerns."
Van Gaal’s pre-season plans
Though Bebe wasn’t fortunate enough to be included in Van Gaal’s squad for United’s pre-season training camp in the U.S, there were a number of fellow under performers who were. The aforementioned duo of Cleverley and Young are joined by the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck, all of whom are also fighting for their Old Trafford careers.
On a significant note Javier Hernandez did not make the cut, prompting further talk that he too could be on his way out of the club.
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