Ganso rejects new Santos contract

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Santos star Ganso has opened the door to a possible move to Europe by rejecting the offer of a new contract at Santos, according to Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old playmaker has put Europe's top clubs on alert by turning down the new deal, and a number of Premier League clubs could now move for the midfielder.

Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with the Brazil international in the past, but were put off after the playmaker signed a contract until February 2015.

Santos were keen to tie the talented youngster to an even longer-term deal, but the gifted midfielder has turned them down. United and Chelsea will face stiff competition if they go back in for the Brazilian, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and AC Milan all credited with an interest in the player.

And Ganso has put these top clubs on alert after he was left unimpressed by the Brazilian club's offer. Speaking to reporters, Ganso said: "I didn't like the offer, I thought they would offer something better.

"I don't know what can happen, only God knows it," said Ganso. "I hope I can remain calm to keep playing football."

Reports in Brazil suggest the Santos star was offered a contract worth around £112,000 per month. But the highly-rated starlet, who is a teammate of Neymar at Santos, could expect to earn more if he moved to Europe.

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