By Greg Stobart
Tottenham have been offered Brazilian star Ganso for £15 million and could make a move for the Santos midfielder in the summer, Goal.com has learned.
Ganso’s agent, Teodoro Fonseca, was in London last week trying to broker a deal with the permission of Santos and investment group DIS, which owns 55 per cent of the player’s economic rights.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was told the 22-year-old could be sold to a European club this month if they match Santos’ £15m asking price. AC Milan and Inter have both been consistently linked with bids for Ganso, who is considered one of the hottest talents in South American football.
Goal.com understands Spurs are considering a move for Ganso as part of their long-term planning despite manager Harry Redknapp’s claims he has never heard of the Brazilian international.
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“Ganso? I have never heard of him,” Redknapp said last Friday. “I don't know him, where does he play? What position?
“I don't get to Brazil much. We got Sandro from there but other than that, no.”
However, Ganso comes recommended by Tottenham’s chief scout, Ian Broomfield, who was the driving force behind the club’s £8m swoop for defensive midfielder Sandro in 2010.
A tall, elegant, left-footed playmaker, Ganso is believed to feel ready to move to Europe and Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro recently said he would be open to negotiating if the player wished to leave.
Spurs are highly unlikely to make a bid for Ganso in the January transfer window, not least because they already have a number of attacking midfielders in the squad including Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar.
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But the Premier League title contenders are determined to follow a policy of signing the best young players in the world and have built a strong network of contacts in Brazil. Leandro Damiao, the Internacional striker, remains a target after the failed attempts to bring him to White Hart Lane last summer.
“Harry said he’d never heard of Ganso but he’s a player that’s been on the radar for the last year and there’s a deal to be done if we want it,” a Tottenham source told Goal.com. “It will probably be looked at in the summer.”
Obstacles regarding the move include uncertainty over who will be the club’s manager next season, with Redknapp hot favourite to take over as England coach after Euro 2012, as well as concerns about Ganso’s injury record.
Meanwhile, Goal.com understands Tottenham have not made any contact with Blackburn over a move for defender Chris Samba this month.
Redknapp has spoken of his admiration for the 27-year-old but the club appear unlikely to sign a central defender unless fringe player Sebastien Bassong leaves White Hart Lane.
Samba, who has been the subject of a £5m bid from QPR, is keen on a move to Spurs but the north London club’s interest has cooled following the return of vice-captain Michael Dawson from a long-term ankle injury.
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