Bebe is currently out on loan in Portugal and appears to be in pretty good form. Could he have impressed Porto enough to get them interested if United offered him as part of a deal for Rodriguez?
Over the past six months or so much has been made of Manchester United’s apparent interest in Colombian forward James Rodriguez. Whether this apparent interest stemmed purely from the previous ‘South American Cristiano Ronaldo’ tag he had been given is another thing entirely although, when asked, Sir Alex Ferguson himself has never denied such an interest in the player.
Such apparent interest has certainly gone up a notch in recent weeks with reports of a mini-feud between the player and his manager at FC Porto. The 21-year-old was struggling to reignite his best form after an injury kept him out at the start of 2013.
He was subsequently benched by the Porto manager Vitor Pereira and that seemed to perturb the young talent:
"I'm fine. Could have played the full 90 minutes, perfectly. It's the coaches' decision."
It was a frosty reaction to the media questioning at best but also got tongues wagging that perhaps this mercurial talent could be on his way to Old Trafford.
But lest we forget what Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has previously stated about doing business with the Portuguese outfit. You should only do so if you are willing to empty your wallet.
It was five months ago when Sir Alex uttered the words:
"As far as James Rodriguez is concerned, I hope it's not true because it costs a fortune to get a player from Porto!"
Therefore; if he is to get his man a sweetener may have to be offered as bait.
Previously names like Anderson or Nani have been suggested. However Anderson is more likely to return to Brazil and while Porto would love Nani on their books the winger may have a bigger league in his sights such as Serie A or La Liga.
So could a United flop be the answer?
That flop is Bebe. Ever since they spent over £7 million on the former (alleged) vagrant United caused headlines. However Bebe did nothing but duffer with injuries and dreadfully over-hit crosses (Manchester United fans who remember a certain performance against Wolves will know what I mean).
But currently on-loan at Rio Ave he has been something of a revelation since January earning some pretty audible praise out on the Iberian Peninsula.
While it may not knock much off the asking price offering a little bit of Bebe into a James Rodriguez deal might just get Porto interested.
Would you pay cash plus Bebe for James Rodriguez?
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