Manchester United chief executive David Gill admits the club's prospective new signing Bebe has "come from nowhere'' and only seriously arrived on the club's radar this month.
Bebe's imminent arrival - contingent on his passing a medical - comes just a matter of weeks after he signed for Vitoria Guimaraes on a free transfer and Gill is frank about the whirlwind nature of a deal that is reportedly worth in the region of £7million.
"He's a player we've been following, but he really came on the scene in the last week or so,'' Gill told MUTV. "We looked at him, spoke to a number of people about him and then went out and secured the deal yesterday.
"It's exciting. He's a potential player, and a lot of Manchester United's focus is about getting players who have the potential and then getting them under the great coaching of Alex (Ferguson), Mick (Phelan), Rene (Meulensteen) and other people.
"He can fulfil that potential with Manchester United and I think it's going to be exciting. Let's hope it works out.''
Gill added that it was unlikely that Bebe would be immediately sent out on loan and would instead be given the chance to bed down at Old Trafford.
"He'll join up and be part of the first-team squad this season,'' said Gill. "I think he'll probably stay this year. (He is) a boy who has to learn English and integrate into Manchester United, and he's really come from nowhere in a lot of respects."