United given green light over Brazilian playmaker bid


Santos have been forced to admit that Manchester United midfield target Ganso could be sold in January.

The Brazilian international playmaker has been heavily linked with a move away from his homeland, with AC Milan tabling a £16.5 million bid during the summer.

Other clubs from across Europe are said to be interested, including Manchester United, and club president Luis Oliveira has been forced to reveal that the club will listen to offers if the player is set on a move away from the Vila Belmiro.

"If the player wants to leave, we will have to listen to offers. But as of today, no offer for him has yet arrived," Oliveira told O Globo.

"The desire of the player is most important. If Ganso wants to leave Santos and our interests are preserved, we can negotiate."

Sir Alex Ferguson has been heavily linked with a plethora of players in the position, with Wesley Sneijder and Nicolas Gaitan both thought to be on the Manchester United radar.

After failing to replace the retiring Paul Scholes in the summer, Red Devils academy graduate Tom Cleverley was entrusted with a role at the heart of Ferguson's side this season.

And the young England international impressed until injury forced him out of action at Old Trafford, exposing a creative hole at the centre of the Manchester United side.

Whilst the Scottish boss has played down talk of transfers in the opening month of 2012, Ferguson did admit Manchester United could move for long-term targets if they became available. Whether Ganso fits the bill remains to be seen.

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