Internacional have admitted they are interested in signing Santos midfielder Ganso as a possible replacement for Chelsea-bound Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junio.
Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues confirmed at the weekend that 22-year-old Ganso, who recently turned down a new contract the club, would be available for sale this summer.
Premier League trio Arsenal - linked with the Brazil international at the weekend - Chelsea, and Manchester United have all shown interest in Ganso, while the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Porto, and Tottenham have also been linked with him in recent weeks.
But Internacional president Giovanni Luigi admits his club could also look to sign the playmaker should Oscar join Chelsea, as is now widely expected (see Related Articles).
Speaking to Radio Gaucha, Luigi said: "When I talked to him, he told me that his relation with Santos' board has been bad for a while.
"Delcir Sonda's [whose investment company DIS owns 55 per cent of the player's economic rights] information is that he was unhappy.
"If Santos were willing to sell their part, there would be two options: selling him abroad or move him to Internacional.
"This is a possibility, but a very remote one. I don't believe in that possibility.
"Sonda is a die-hard Internacional fan and overexcited at times. So he ended up talking about that in an interview. But I can tell you that this possibility is very hard."
Rodrigues had at the weekend 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."