Bebe's bags already packed as he hopes for Benfica transfer

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Manchester United outcast Bebe has confirmed his intentions to quit Old Trafford after intimating that he is willing to take a pay cut to force through a summer transfer to Benfica.

According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, the 24-year-old forward - who impressed on loan at Pacos de Ferreira last season - is so determined to link up with Jorge Jesus at Estadio da Luz that his bags are already packed ahead of a prospective move to the Primeira Liga champions.

New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal clearly doesn't see Bebe as part of his first-team plans moving forward or else he wouldn't have left him out of the travelling squad for the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

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The Portuguese star has less than 12 months to run on the five-year contract that Sir Alex Ferguson famously offered in 2010, without ever having seen Bebe play.

Manchester United's £7.4 million gamble backfired spectacularly, with the former Portugal U21 international failing to make any kind of impact at Old Trafford over the past four years, proceeding to spend three separate loan spells away from England at Besiktas, Rio Ave and most recently Pacos de Ferreira.

Loan impact

Bebe scored 12 goals for Pacos during the 2013/14 campaign and impressed enough to catch the eye of scouts at Benfica, who are now searching for a replacement for attacking midfielder Lazar Markovic following his recent big-money move to Liverpool earlier this transfer window.

The Red Devils reject is hoping that the two clubs will reach agreement over a fee so that he can return to his homeland ahead of the new season in a bid to kick-start his career again.

"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."

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