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Manchester United to miss out on Brazilian starlet Ganso... for now

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Manchester United target Paulo Henrique Ganso has rejected the new contract offered by his club Sao Paulo and seems to have played his last game for the Brazilian giants. However, a move to the Red Devils still doesn't seem to be on the cards just yet with the player expressing his desire to stay on in Brazil so as to keep on playing regular first-team football week in week out which might not have been guaranteed at Old Trafford, especially after the recent signing of Shinji Kagawa.

The Brazilian star's representative Delcir Sonda revealed the youngster's decision by telling Radio Estadao ESPN that, "This is definitive, Ganso won't play for Santos anymore. I am negotiating with Santos to buy his full rights. Ganso is upset with the club. They put together a project for Neymar but forgot about Ganso." And that negligence is thought to have all but cost the team a young talent.

Santos' manager Muricy Ramalho declared his desire to keep hold of their talented player by telling Lancenet: "You'll never want to lose Ganso, but he has to decide where he wants to play. We want him to have a good performance in the Olympics and then return to us". However, it seems unlikely that the player would change his mind as he truly believes that the club don't value him as highly as Neymar.

The player's representative dealt the bad news to the 22 year old's present European suitors by stating that "And yes, he may join Internacional. He wants to leave but stay in Brazil for at least another year." The news might not be as bad as it sounds for Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson might not have signed two attacking midfielders in a season and also another year to develop would make Ganso a much better player and closer to a finished product.

However, the Red Devils might have to fork out large chunks of money next year if Ganso keeps delivering stellar performances. Also, Soccernet reports that they would have to be vary of the interest from other top European clubs like AC Milan.