Sevilla have reportedly had an €8m offer for Sao Paulo midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso rejected.
Estadio Deportivo cites reports from Brazil that says the Europa League winners had their approach rebuffed because Sao Paulo are focused on their Copa Libertadores semi-final against Atletico Nacional, to be played on July 7 and July 14.
Sevilla wanted 100% of Ganso’s rights, Sao Paulo owning 38% of the player’s contract, with the rest belonging to investment group DIS.
Ganso would have received a salary of €2.2m if he had gone to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, the report adds, and Sevilla aren’t expected to give up in their pursuit of the Brazil international.
The 26-year-old’s contract expires in summer 2017 and he would be free to speak to other clubs in January, with it suggested Sevilla are pushing Sao Paulo to make a decision now and not risk losing Ganso for free in a year’s time.
Ganso would be a candidate to play behind two forwards under new Sevilla Coach Jorge Sampaoli, ED note.