Brazilian star makes Sao Paulo switch.
Ganso has officially completed his move from Santos to Sao Paulo after the clubs finally managed to broker a deal.
The 22-year-old playmaker has been on Tottenham and Manchester United’s radars in the past, but the Premier League pair declined to push their interest forward.
It is assumed they wanted to see how Ganso developed back in his homeland of Brazil after seeing his career become disrupted with injuries.
Sao Paulo have paid just over £7million for Ganso, who posed for pictures in his new shirt back in Brazil on Friday morning.
Arsenal and Tottenham have missed out on Brazilian playmaker Ganso, after the 22-year-old completing a move from Santos to Sao Paulo.
Ganso has long been on the radar of Premier League clubs after catching the eye as a teenager and being labelled one of the big hopes for Brazilian football – along with Neymar and Lucas Moura – from a young age.
Unfortunately, injuries and loss of form have stunted Ganso’s career in the past year or so and he lost his place in the Brazilian national and Olympic side to Chelsea new-boy Oscar.
Even so, Spurs were thought to be considering Ganso as a cheaper alternative to Joao Moutinho, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer of the skillful attacker.
His £7m price-tag looks like great business, particularly given Spurs will likely have to shell out in excess of £20m for Moutinho, who is three years Ganso’s senior.
His move across the country reflects an increased willingness of Brazilian stars to remain in their homeland to develop. Ten years, all hot South American prospects moved to Europe but now the likes of Neymar, Leandro Damiao and Ganso are happy to remain at home and may not decide to move on until after the 2014 World Cup.
While it’s disappointing not see these players closer to home, it enables them to catch the eye back-home and remain very much on the agenda, ahead of a World Cup that the locals feel already has their name on it. Ganso will be desperately hoping that he’s back to his prodigal best by then.
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