Manchester United took the next step in revamping their squad on Friday, completing a transfer that will see out-of-favour winger Bebe move to Portuguese side Benfica. The news was confirmed by Benfica's official Twitter account:
Bem-vindo Bebé | Welcome Bebé | Bienvenido Bebé pic.twitter.com/alk3zYYAeZ— Sport Lisboa Benfica (@SL_Benfica) July 25, 2014
According to Manchester United's Twitter account, Benfica will pay €3 million for the player's services, while the Reds have the right to 50 percent of any sell-on fee.
Reports indicate Bebe signed a four-year deal with the Portuguese champions, although this was yet to be confirmed by the club at the time of writing.
The 24-year-old winger joined the Red Devils in 2010 in bizarre fashion, when then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson told reporters he bought the youngster without ever watching him play, per the Daily Mail's David Kent.
Bebe had sensational physical tools, and United's scouts in Portugal convinced Ferguson he had to act fast. Four years later, The Guardian's Marcus Christenson looked back on the player's career at Old Trafford:
Christenson left out the winger's finest moment in a Manchester United shirt, however, as Bebe also scored in the team's Champions League win over Bursaspor in 2010.
As shared by Man Utd News, Bebe spoke highly about his new club, taking a not-so-subtle jab at his former team:
Bebé : benefica is a great club and also its in the champions league so it was an easy decision for me. pic.twitter.com/nAX1bLXFwA— Man Utd News (@SirAlexStand) July 25, 2014
The Daily Telegraph's Mark Ogden liked the deal, with Bebe's future at Old Trafford all but over:
#mufc have offloaded Bebe to Benfica. Good move for him.— Mark Ogden (@MOgdenTelegraph) July 25, 2014
Unable to make his mark at the club, the winger spent the last few seasons out on loan in Turkey and his native Portugal, and he made enough of an impression during the 2013-14 season for the Portuguese champions to take a chance on him.
Bebe may have been a massive flop for the Mancunians, but he will leave the fans with the memory of his match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, described by some on social media as "the worst performance ever on a football pitch":
In all seriousness, the Portuguese forward worked hard during his time in England and did enough to deserve his move to Benfica, a place where he could still resurrect his career.
Fans may enjoy making fun of his career (or lack thereof) with the Red Devils, but Bebe will now have a chance to prove he can be an effective player for a club that made it to the final of the Europa League just last season.