Santos President Luiz Alvaro de Oliveria has said highly rated playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso will leave the club this summer.
Dubbed as the 'Brazilian Zidane' the 21-year-old has been attracting plenty of attention across Europe, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, AC Milan and Inter Milan all linked with the potential transfer.
"I spoke with the player and he said he wanted to try a new experiences abroad." said Santos President Luiz Alvaro de Oliveira
"Until now, the chances that Ganso would leave Santos were zero. After the Copa Libertadores it could be 15%, 50% at year's end
"We will battle to the end so the price for him runs in our favor. "
Recent reports had suggested the player had signed a pre-contract agreement with Inter, but these have since been quashed by the player's agent, Sabatino Durante, increasing the chances of him moving to England.
“I do not think that he will leave in July. The Nerazzurri also has two players in his role, which are Coutinho and (Wesley) Sneijder," Durante explained.
"I have my doubts about who is the is strongest between Ganso and Coutinho.
"He is physically like Rivaldo, a player who was not suited to Italian football.
"Yes, AC Milan really like him also."
Of the clubs in England who are interested, The Blues were tipped to be the frontrunners, with reports rife that Ganso and teammate Neymar were both to sign for the Stamford Bridge club this summer.
The three-time Barclays Premier League champions have already invested in Brazilian pair Ramires and David Luiz in the last 12 months, and their success in England could help tempt the Santos pair to signing for the West-Londoners.