Santos VP: Manchester United and Arsenal linked Ganso is free to leave
Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has told Brazilian media that Paulo Henrique Ganso is free to leave the club, after a week of controversy.
Ganso, 22, was left out of the team's match last weekend following contract disputes, before the player's agent Delcir Sonda said the player had "played his final game for the club".
Rodrigues and other Santos officials had downplayed the talk, but now they have agreed that the player is free to leave, should Sonda's DIS company pay-up to purchase the 45% of his economic rights owned by the club.
Rodrigues told Lancenet!: "Ganso doesn't want to play for Santos anymore. We learned that from the club's president Luis Alvaro last Thursday. Ganso has lost his interest in Santos so we won't try to keep him anymore.
"However, we won't give up his buyout fee. Since Delcir Sonda and Ganso are interested (in a move) negotiations are open but the buyout fee has to be paid."