A host of Premier League clubs are on alert after Santos admitted young star Ganso no longer wants to play for the club and will likely leave.
Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester United and Chelsea want the supremely talented 22-year-old midfielder, but The Mirror has claimed north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are in the chase for him.
“Ganso doesn't want to play for Santos anymore. We learned that from [Santos president] Luis Alvaro last Thursday,” the club’s vice-president, Odillio Rodrigues, told Lancenet.
“Ganso has lost his interest in Santos so we won't try to keep him anymore. However, we won't give up his buyout fee, negotiations are open but the buyout fee has to be paid.”
Sir Alex Ferguson has already recruited Shinji Kagawa to help improve the creativity of the Old Trafford side’s midfield, but the report suggests he is interested in further strengthening.
Roberto di Matteo has been handed a number of new signings, but Blues owner Roman Abramovich seems set on revamping the ageing squad that were crowned European champions last season – another young Brazilian, Oscar, is reportedly close to a move to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas and Arsene Wenger are busy trying to ship out some of the dead weight in their respective squad – Spurs will need to find a suitable replacement for the outgoing Luka Modric.
The Gunners’ boss has already let Yossi Benayoun leave after his loan spell ended, so there should be a space in the squad for another creative midfielder.
With so many Premier League clubs being credited with an interest int he highly-rated midfielder, never mind teams from elsewhere in Europe, this is a transfer saga that is likely to go on for some time.