Brazilian international Paulo Ganso has been linked with a host of Europe’s leading clubs over the past few months.
But the 21-year-old playmaker now looks set to make a last minute u-turn and sign a new contract with his current club Santos.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been previously linked with the highly rated samba star, but it is Chelsea who will be most disappointed by the news after Ganso was earmarked as a prime summer transfer target.
Widely regarded as one of the finest young prospects in South American football, the ‘Brazilian Zidane’ as he has been dubbed was coveted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich according to reports in O’Globo last month.
The Blues will have to move swiftly if they still wish to set up a summer deal after the Santos board promised to double Ganso’s wages if he agreed to sign a new contract until 2016.
After recently admitting it would be a ‘dream’ to play for one of Europe’s top club, the Daily Mail reports that Ganso has now resumed contract talks with the player stating, “We are very close to a new agreement.”
Having been on Chelsea’s radar during a rapid rise to prominence, Paulo first opened contract talks with his current side in August last year.
However, after suffering a torn cruciate ligament which has kept him out of action for the past six months, negotiations stalled leading to increased speculation linking Ganso with a move away.
With a €50m minimum fee release clause written into his current contract, Chelsea still have an opportunity to activate talks over a summer move to Stamford Bridge but that will ultimately depend on just how badly Abramovich wants to secure his man.
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