Manchester United have been dealt a decisive blow in their pursuit of Brazilian international Ganso.

The Santos midfielder has been linked with a handful of clubs across Europe, with Real Madrid, AC Milan, Porto and the Red Devils all thought to be keen on a deal for the 21-year-old, according to talkSPORT, who dub the playmaker a 'prodigy'.

Issues with part-ownership could have played their part in causing Manchester United difficulties in signing the youngster, although Ganso himself admits the issues between DIS, who hold 45% of his economic rights, and Santos, who hold the same stake, have been causing problems.

"The Santos fans need to know that this fight is between DIS and Santos, and not Ganso and Santos," he said.

"I have given my word and I can guarantee to all the fans I will not leave."


The news will come as a blow for Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who was thought to be keen on bringing the Samba starlet to Old Trafford this summer after rebuilding the squad with talented youngsters.

Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea have all joined Manchester United for substantial fees during the transfer window, and whilst Wesley Sneijder is favourite to be the club's fourth signing of the summer, Ganso was an attacking midfield option.

The attacking midfielder will be staying in his homeland for another year though, and United will have to take their player search elsewhere.

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