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Man Utd may miss out on departing Santos starlet Ganso

ESPN staff
July 9, 2012
Ganso's future remains unclear © PA Photos

Paulo Henrique Ganso has played his last game for Santos, according to the player's representative Delcir Sonda, but the Brazil starlet may not move to the Premier League just yet.

Ganso has been in dispute with the Sao Paulo club over a new contract and the 22-year-old has rejected their latest improved offer.

The attacking midfielder is tipped to make a big-money move to Europe, with Manchester United and AC Milan both linked, but Sonda, whose DIS agency currently owns 55% of the player's economic rights, says Ganso will remain in Brazil.

A move to Internacional is the most likely option as Ganso does not want to risk losing his place in the national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals in his homeland.

"This is definitive, Ganso won't play for Santos anymore. And yes, he may join Internacional," Sonda told Radio Estadao ESPN. "I am negotiating with Santos to buy his full rights."

"Ganso is upset with the club. They put together a project for Neymar but forgot about Ganso. He wants to leave but stay in Brazil for at least another year."

Santos' manager Muricy Ramalho told Lancenet: "You'll never want to lose Ganso, but he has to decide where he wants to play. We want him to have a good performance in the Olympics and then return to us".

Despite Ganso's seeming desire to remain in Brazil, the news of the highly-rated midfielder's proposed sale will undoubtedly put a number of Europe's biggest clubs on alert.

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