Bebe is reportedly a target for Benfica, which should have lit a light bulb over David Moyes' head.
The 23-year-old winger has been in good form for loan side Pacos with ten goals so far this season but there’s a very good reason Moyes should consider letting him join Benfica this summer.
Bebe could be used as a sweetener in any deal for current Benfica centre back Ezequiel Garay, a player who has been widely linked with a move to United throughout the season, heading back to the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
Considering the number of reported sides interested in signing Garay, any edge United can get over his transfer is crucial and that’s where Bebe comes into the equation.
While United could be competitive in a bidding war for Garay, the fact they own Bebe and could use him in part exchange is important.
Garay is one of Benfica’s best current players and they’d most likely be reluctant to doing a deal for him unless they could gain a player and improve their squad in the form of a replacement or an addition to another area of their side.
United can afford to lose Bebe and while he may be a better player than the one who first signed for the club, they are stocked in wide areas.
It would create a little strain for Moyes because he’d be down two wingers of Nani joins Bebe in leaving the club this summer but he has a good reserve of wide men; Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, with Shinji Kagawa also played more and more down the left flank.
United will also need to create an advantage for themselves if they go for Garay because they won’t have the benefit of Champions League football to fall back on next season.
That’s something that other teams could boast and if United tag a player onto the deal, it nullifies the advantage other sides have over them in terms of European football.
Garay would be a quality addition to the United squad and a good replacement for Nemanja Vidic and few would question Moyes if he axed Bebe in the process.