Paulo Henrique Ganso set to snub Manchester City
Santos players Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso could end up as part of the deal that brings Robinho back to the Vila Belmiro. But midfielder Paulo Henrique has already said that he’s not keen on heading to northwest England. “I don’t want to play for Manchester City. I’d prefer to play for a big club in Europe such as Milan [presumably AC], Real Madrid or Barcelona” said the 20-year-old to Globo Esporte.
Ganso (which means goose – his real surname is Lima) made his breakthrough with Santos and Brazil’s Under 20s last season. The player’s attitude to a possible move to Manchester reflects the image problem that City have in Brazil where interest is generally confined to the ‘big four’ in the Premier League. Ganso, however, could be forgiven for having only a passing knowledge of the rich history and traditions of a club that hasn’t won anything for 33 years. Clearly, City have an image problem when it comes to attracting Brazilians who have not yet played in Europe. But with the investment at Eastlands, that will change. Before too long, the likes of Ganso are unlikely to have such a negative attitude towards City.