In recent weeks Chelsea have been linked with a whole host of Brazilian youngsters, one of which Ganso looks to be going nowhere according to quotes coming from the president of his club. Santos President Alvaro Luis De Oliveira Ribeiro has told Brazilian newspaper O Globo the following:
“For at least one or two years we have no plans to negotiate with any club about selling Ganso……This is a decision taken by the club, the player and his agent.”
Much has been said about the exciting creative midfielder after only 2 seasons playing in his native Brazil for Santos. The footballing hopes of his nation have been pinned on the youngster, and they view him as the man to lead Brazil back to the forefront of world football. Some people have dubbed him the best attacking midfielder in the world, and team mate Neymar has called him a left footed Zidane. An elegant player with a keen eye for the killer pass, he is expected to be the long term replacement for current Brazilian playmaker Kaka.
With such expected of the 21 year old, there is always the fear that like some before him he will never live up to the expectations, BBC South American expert Tim Vickery has pointed this out in the past and although he believes the player has all the attributes to make it to the top, he thinks it might be sensible for the player to remain in Brazil for a little longer.
This now seems that it may be the likeliest scenario, although there are many conflicting reports about the players future. In recent days it appeared that Ganso wanted a move to Milan stating that he wanted to play in Italy and in particular Inter where he would link up with fellow Brazilian Leonardo. This was a kick in the teeth to Chelsea who were thought to be leading the race to sign the player. Ganso has previously been linked too Manchester City (who had first refusal as part of the Robinho loan deal, this has now expired), Manchester United, Barcelona and Lyon who had a £12million bid rejected last Summer.
In January there were reports that Ganso was getting frustrated over the lack of a new contract offer from Santos, the player stated that he wanted to stay but did not feel valued by the side. This lead to rampant speculation throughout the January transfer window, but coupled with earlier comments from the Santos chairman, last week the players agent said the following:
“Even today there have been false reports in the media regarding an eventual agreement with Milan…..The only negotiations taking place right now are with Santos in regard to a contract extension until 2015.”
So it would finally now appear that Ganso is staying put…..for the time being, and the contract that he wants may finally come to fruition. But realistically, lets state the obvious and say it is only a matter of time before he moves. Whether Chelsea can convince the player that he should move to Stamford Bridge ultimately remains to be seen, since it currently looks like it is Inter Milan that is leading the chase, but this one can and probably will run and run expect this one to be around for months to come!
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