Ganso could be on his way to the Premier League after Santos finally admitted the Brazilian attacking midfielder would be on his way this summer.
"Ganso doesn't want to play for Santos anymore," vice-president Odilio Rodrigues told Lancenet. "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."
Rodrigues insisted Santos will hold out for Ganso's buy-out clause - rumoured to be in the region of £45 million for international clubs.
"We won't give up his buyout fee. Negotiations are open but the buyout fee has to be paid."