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PSV turned down Bebe 'for free'

By John Sinnott

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Bebe's former agent predicted the striker would be better than Nani

The former agent of Manchester United striker Bebe, who was signed for over £7m, says PSV Eindhoven turned down the player when he was available for free.

The 20-year-old Bebe is part of Portugal's Under-21 squad, which faces Stuart Pearce's England on Friday.

Five weeks after Bebe had signed for Vitoria de Guimaraes he made the surprise switch to Old Trafford.

"I offered him to PSV in May," Goncalo Reis told BBC Sport. "But they turned him down because they didn't know him."

PSV were not immediately available for comment.

Reis represented Bebe between 2009 and 2011 but in August he received a letter from the striker telling him that he no longer wanted to be represented him by.

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"I was surprised," said Reis when he discovered soon afterwards that Bebe had signed for United. "I haven't spoken to him since."

Despite Bebe's decision to no longer be represented by Reis, the Portuguese agent believes the striker, who before signing for Guimaraes played for Portuguese third division club Estrala da Amador, could prove to be a good signing for United.

"He has great potential," said Reis. "For sure he will be better than Nani. He is a very good player."



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