Sporting Lisbon reportedly want to sign Manchester United forward Bebe this summer, following the Portuguese player’s impressive season in his homeland.
Bebe has been branded United’s biggest flop following his surprising arrival at Old Trafford back in 2010 for a reported £7.4million.
Sir Alex Ferguson would later admit he signed the then-20-year-old having never seen him play live.
But now 23, Bebe has found some consistent form while on loan at Pacos de Ferreira, scoring 13 goals that even prompted suggestions he could receive a call-up to this summer’s World Cup.
While that did not happen, the United man can look back on an impressive season that has helped him lose that “flop” tag.
Reports earlier this month suggested that FC Braga would be signing him permanently in time for next season. But now Portuguese website Correio da Manha reports that Sporting Lisbon are interested in taking him off United’s hands.
Most of the stories linking the two clubs this season have surrounded United’s apparent interest in William Carvalho and Carlos Mane. But it now seems Sporting could be about to bring in a United player rather than sell one of their own to Louis van Gaal’s club.
According to the report, the only stumbling block over a possible deal is the fact that Bebe earns more than Sporting are able to pay.
As a result, it is being suggested that United may pay a portion of what would have been owed to the player had he stayed in order to push the deal through.