Manchester United’s hopes of signing Santos midfielder Ganso have been dealt a blow.
The 22-year-old has been linked to many of Europe’s top clubs, but Sir Alex Ferguson was thought to be heading the queue for his signature.
Ganso has now moved to quash any rumours of a transfer, which means a move to Old Trafford looks to be off the cards, report Talksport.
Manchester United believed they could exploit what they though was a special relationship with the Brazilian side, after selling midfielder Rodrigo Possebon to them in 2009.
It appears the player has other ideas, however, as he has gone public with his desire to stay with Santos and sign a new deal, disappointing the Red Devils along the way.
"My desire is to reach an agreement with those at Santos an extend my contract here," he said.
"I have told the president I want to talk in January after the Club World Cup."
Often regarded as the 'next Kaka’, Ganso wore the number ten jersey in Brazil’s recent Copa America campaign.
Along with Neymar, the 22-year-old is one of the new Brazilian generation to buck the trend of big-money moves to Europe.
The player’s current deal is said to run until 2015 and has a buy-out clause of nearly £50million.