Ganso has attracted the attention of those at Old Trafford.
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The man Brazil hope will be their next great playmaker has put Manchester United and City on alert with a furious outburst against his club.
Paulo Henrique Ganso was promised a new contract by Santos when they pulled out the stops to draw up a deal to keep his team-mate Neymar out of Chelsea’s clutches in August.
However, talks were put on hold when he picked up a knee injury and he feels let down by club bosses.
‘Nothing has been resolved, there is no signature on the contract,’ said the frustrated 21-year-old.
‘It has been five months and nothing. ‘To not be valued by your club is complicated. Talks were closed because Santos stopped coming to me.’
Neymar, 18, grabbed many of the headlines last year for the sublime eye-catching skills that led to a £25million bid from Chelsea.
But many in Brazil consider Ganso to be even more valuable because of the way he can orchestrate games by sitting in the hole behind the forward line.
He has been compared to Zinedine Zidane and is seen as the natural successor to Real Madrid playmaker Kaka in the Brazil team.
Neymar’s salary was effectively trebled to £40,000 a week with the help of sponsors in August, but Ganso remains tied into a deal till 2015 worth £11,000 a week and with a prohibitively high release clause of almost £42m.
United’s Brazilian scout John Calvert-Toulmin knows all about his talents, while City insisted on first refusal for Ganso as part of the deal which saw Robinho loaned to Santos.
However, City’s option has now expired. Santos have indicated they plan to resume contract talks in the next few weeks, but Ganso bristled when asked about reports from Italy that Inter Milan were interested in him.
‘I am injured and a big European team wants me – the world champion wants to count on me,’ he said.
‘Meanwhile, Santos practically doesn’t value me. It’s almost funny.’ (Daily Mail)
Paulo Henrique Ganso is one of the finest young prospects in the world game at present, but his volatile personality makes his signing a risk for any prospective employer.
Earlier this year in the final match of the Campeonato Paulista, the substitution board was held up with Ganso’s number.
He flat out refused to leave the field to coach Dorival Junior, and this kind of behaviour would certainly not be tolerated under Sir Alex Ferguson in particular.
Still, if he can be tamed
Elegant in possession, the Brazilian is an excellent dribbler with a fine eye for a pass – something that both Manchester clubs could certainly use.
For Manchester City, Yaya Toure is frequently the most advanced central midfielder, and though he is capable of surprisingly good skill with the ball – as a run against Arsenal at the Emirates illustrated – he does not have the vision to be considered a true creative influence.
Manchester United seem only to be missing a playmaker, and Ganso could well be that man.
The trouble is though, any bidding war featuring Manchester City is likely to only have one winner.
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