Man United’s Midfield Transfer Targets, Part 2, The Mercurial Maestros, Summer 2012
#2 Ganso of Santos
Labeled by many as “The Brazilian Zidane,” Ganso is a smooth-playing Brazilian with a lot of promise.
Wonderfully gifted around the box, Ganso is an elegant player who enjoys passing a ball and passing it well! He’s certainly a sight for sore eyes, but is it he just too flash?
As you already know, United need a playmaker. Someone who makes things happen. Ganso always makes things happen.
Whether it’s evading a man or two or opening up the pitch with a pass, he’s always the center of attention when he’s on the pitch. Perhaps outshined by his teammate Neymar at times, Ganso is still the brain behind the Santos attack and is often the reason why the Brazilian prodigy ahead of him gets all the goals that he does.
Not only is he a great passer but he also comes with a bag of tricks, fancy footwork and a great shot. Perhaps not as driven as Anderson, Ganso is still more skillful and understanding on the pitch than United’s favorite Brazilian.
A transfer does not seem impossible, even though Ganso has claimed that leaving his native Brazil before the World Cup in 2014 is out of the question. It has been reported that Sir Alex is keeping tabs on the young man.
The biggest Achilles’ Heel for Ganso is definitely his speed, or lack of it. Considering this, he will need to asses the European (and particularly English) style of playing before arriving (unlike Veron). England is known for its high-paced, no-nonsense, smashmouth style and it is probably something which would not suit the current style of Ganso but it is something he can certainly adapt to.
Although I can see the transfer happening, I think the World Cup could be the main hurdle to his move to Manchester because we need someone now. Not in 2014. I commend Ganso for staying at Santos, but he’s not to our help if he decides to stay there for the time being.
Transfer Likelihood= ✔✔
Short-Term Impact= ✔✔
Long- Term Impact= ✔✔✔✔✔