Manchester United tonight confirmed the signing of 20-year-old Portuguse striker Tiago Manuel Dias Correia from Vitória de Guimarães for a transfer fee of £7.4 million. The player, who signed for Guimarães just five weeks ago, is better known as Bébé in his homeland and will become the eighth striker on United’s books.
“Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached agreement with Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes for the purchase of 20-year-old striker Tiago Manuel Dias Correia for an undisclosed fee, subject to a successful medical in Manchester later this week,” a United statement read tonight.
The club also confirmed that it has agreed personal terms with the Cacém-born forward, who join the first team squad immediately. The signature represents a major surprised given that Bébé joined Guimarães from third division outfit Estrala da Amadora just five weeks ago.
United has bought out the player’s £7.4 million contract release fee on the recommendation of former assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, the Portugal national coach, reports The Guardian tonight. Sir Alex Ferguson first met the player on Tuesday, says the paper, while in Portugal to appear at Queiroz’ Portuguese FA disciplinary hearing.
Bébé appeared for Portugal in the Homeless World Cup last year, having been raised in an orphanage and spent part of his childhood on the streets.
He has also scored six goals in pre-season for Guimarães including these at 0.25 and 2.20 respectively, although a note of caution should be taken – the last player recommended to United by Queiroz was Angolan striker Manucho.
And for anybody who speaks Portuguese, an interview with the player:
Decent compilation with dodgy soundtrack: