By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The attacking midfielder, represented by Delcir Sonda, has already rejected contract renewal offers from the club in recent months. Sonda, who owns the DIS agency which possesses 55% of the player's economic rights, indicated that the time had come for Ganso to make an exit and cited the club's focus on wonderkid Neymar as being a contributory factor.
Neymar has attracted a great deal of attention from Real Madrid and Barcelona but Ganso is an accomplished midfielder in his own right with his passing range and reading of the game having been lauded by many scouts and managers.
Ganso, 22, could attract the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan and Manchester United or one of the other big clubs in Europe currently looking for a creative midfielder and his agent indicated that even a move to league rivals Internacional remains a possibility.
"This is definitive, Ganso won't play for Santos anymore. And yes, he may join Internacional," Sonda told Radio Estadao ESPN.
"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.
"He wants to leave but stay in Brazil for at least another year."
Santos' manager Muricy Ramalho has remained non-commital over the issue. He expects the player to return to the club after Olympic duty and called on the youngster to make up his mind over his future.
"You'll never want to lose Ganso, but he has to decide where he wants to play," he said.
"We want him to have a good performance in the Olympics and then return to us."
Ganso only made 13 appearances for the Brazilian side last season and his team is currently floundering in 12th place in the Campeonato.