Santos FC president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro has revealed that star midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso is for sale, Sky Sports understands.
The club’s bitter rivals Internacional, who agreed to sell star man Oscar to Chelsea for a reported fee of £25 million earlier this month, are the favourites to land the out-of-favour Ganso.
“Bring the offers, but we won’t accept anything less than his buy-out fee,” Ribeiro told Globo Esporte.
“The player’s will always has to come first. It’s pointless to keep an unhappy player. I always respect the player’s will. I did that regarding Wesley, Andre, Jonathan, but Santos’ rights have to be respected, as per the contracts that were signed.”
There is just one problem; the release clause in Ganso’s contract is quite hefty. Care to venture a guess?
If you took over on £40 million, you are correct!
To be perfectly honest, paying £40 million for Ganso would be absolutely ridiculous, especially when considering Chelsea paid Lille OSC just £32 million for Belgian ace Eden Hazard.
Furthemore, fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura, who is undoubtedly a hotter commodity at the moment, could leave São Paulo FC for less than £40 million.
As a result, it’s hard to fathom that Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro will receive a bid north of £40 million for Ganso.
Kean eyes Olsson stay
Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean has insisted that left-back Martin Olsson is not for sale, according to Sky Sports.
Olsson is just the latest Blackburn player linked with an Ewood Park exit following Rovers’ demotion to the English Championship.
Star attackers Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Junior Hoilett have already departed the Lancashire club in favour of pastures new. Meanwhile, defenders Scott Dann and the aforementioned Olsson are being linked with summer moves away from North West England.
Olsson has been linked with a bevy of clubs this summer, including Stoke City, Chelsea and English Premier League newcomers Southampton, while Ajax, Southampton and Reading have all reportedly shown interest in Dann.
The 24-year-old Olsson impressed for Sweden at Euro 2012, fueling speculation that he is set to quit Blackburn Rovers.
“The way it worked with Martin was when he was away, there was a lot of interest in him,” said Kean.
“I have sat down with Martin and said to him we want him to play.”
Olsson is under contract at Blackburn until the summer of 2015 after signing a five-year deal with the club in June 2010.