Manchester United winger Bebe will leave Old Trafford for Benfica - with the deal set to be confirmed as early as today. The 24-year-old will join the Portuguese giants having made just two Premier League appearances after securing a shock £7.4 million move to Old Trafford in 2010.
This news comes courtesy of respected Portuguese newspaper A Bola, who report that Bebe will sign a four or five-year contract with his new employers.
Benfica hope to unveil Bebe, if all goes to plan, during Saturday’s pre-season match against Ajax - the seventh edition of the Eusebio Cup.
The attack-minded winger would then be in contention to make his first start for Benfica against either Arsenal or Valencia in the Emirates Cup next weekend.
Bebe’s fall and rise
The transfer of Bebe to Manchester United from Vitória de Guimarães, who he didn’t play a single game for, four summer ago will go down as one of the most bizarre deals in Premier League history.
Very few people had even heard of Bebe when United announced his signing - although it was believed that Real Madrid were also keen to sign the former Homeless World Cup participant.
Bebe clearly lacked the required quality to play for one of the world’s biggest clubs in Manchester United, but still managed to net two goals in his seven appearances for the club.
He was sent out on loan to Besiktas and Rio Ave, where he failed to perform, but finally flourished last season during a loan spell with Paços de Ferreira. He scored 14 goals in 39 appearances for the Portuguese outfit - and his performances, and spectacular goals, did not go unnoticed by Benfica.
Watch: Bebe in action
Bebe confirmed United departure this week
Earlier this week Bebe was quoted by another Portuguese newspaper, O Jogo, as saying that he was delighted to be joining Benfica.
"I'm ready to have a great season with Benfica," he explained. "My bags are already packed. I'm ready to lower my salary to leave. I just want to play."
Bebe’s transfer means that he will be competing in the 2014/15 Champions League - unlike his soon-to-be former employers United, who finished last season seventh in the Premier League.
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