Ganso rejects overtures from Manchester United and Chelsea and is set for move to Internazionale.
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Inter Milan seem to have won the race to secure the signature of one of the world’s hottest young talents by agreeing a deal with Santos for Paulo Henrique Ganso.
Dubbed the new Kaka in some quarters, Ganso and striker Neymar have attracted attention across Europe this season thanks to their starring roles at Santos.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have been among the English clubs linked with the duo, but Serie A is now almost certain to be the next destination for Ganso, rather than a move to the Premier League.
A chat with Inter manager Leonardo seems to have paid dividends and the move should be completed at some point in the summer, after the conclusion of the Copa Libertadores, which is scheduled to play its final towards the end of June.
Ganso said: “It is true that I have spoken to Inter manager Leonardo, who wants me for his team. I am very clear. I want to win the Copa Libertadores with Santos and then be sold to Italy.
“Soon I will make the big leap to Europe. I have many friends who play in Serie A and they all advise me to go there because the style of football would suit me.”
Ganso has regularly admitted he is unhappy at Santos, but his hands are somewhat tied.
The 21 year-old Brazilian earns £11,000 per week at his currently club, which is low money in the world of football – and around a quarter of what his club colleague Neymar earns.
Asked about interest from Internazionale in January, Ganso was indignant.
“I am injured and a big European team wants me – the world champion team wants to count on me,” he said.
“Meanwhile, Santos practically doesn’t value me. It’s almost funny.”
Though linked with Chelsea, Man City and Manchester United, it appears things may have finally come to a head with Inter Milan, and he could have a very bright future at the San Siro indeed.