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United sign £7.4m Portuguese winger Bebe
Manchester United have spent £7.4m to sign Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, otherwise known as Bébé, a relatively unknown 20-year-old from the Portuguese club Vitória de Guimarães, the Guardian can reveal. The deal was finalised today. United have paid the buyout clause to release Bébé – was raised in an orphanage after spending part of his childhood on the streets and has represented Portugal in the Homeless World Cup – from his five-year contract at Guimarães only five weeks after he joined the club from Estrela da Amadora in the Portuguese third division. He has been recommended to Sir Alex Ferguson by his former assistant, Carlos Queiroz, the Portugal national coach, and a deal has been rushed through for Bébé to become the third signing of the summer at Old Trafford. It takes the club's spending to around £25m following the arrival of Chris Smalling from Fulham and Javier Hernández from Chivas de Guadalajara, with Ferguson retaining a strong interest in Mesut Ozil, the Germany international.
Daniel Taylor, The Guardian
Note: Organisers of the Homeless World Cup later clarified to ManUtd.com that Bébé did not represent Portugal in the tournament; instead, he played for Cais, a partner organisation responsible for Portugal’s national homeless team.
There's little United news in the papers apart from the Bébé story, although the Daily Star claim Wayne Rooney is set to appear in pop duo Jedward's next video.