After a lot of hype and anticipation, it seems extremely likely that Paulo Henrique Ganso will be moving from Santos to AC Milan during the winter mercato.
One of the most wanted players in the world, the 21-year-old Brazilian is one of the bright young stars in the game and has been sought after by the likes of Milan, Inter, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Anzhi Makhackala, among many others around the world.
Milan have yet to find a permanent replacement for Kaka at attacking mid, with the likes of Ronaldinho, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Clarence Seedorf, Robinho, and Antonio Cassano (to name a few) each spending time at the playmaker position.
Ganso has made clear that he wants to play for the Rossoneri. His agent made this clear recently to La Gazzetta Dello Sport:
"I don't know where this information of an offer from Paris Saint-Germain has come from. It is pure invention.
"We are not interested in PSG's petrodollars. Ganso wants to play in Italy with AC Milan.
"He wants to play against the likes of Inter, Roma and Juventus and he is fascinated by the Italian league.
"In the next few weeks we will meet with Milan directors to see if the transfer can happen.
"He can leave now, or wait until January as this would give him the chance to play in the Club World Cup in December against Barcelona."
It is extremely likely that the move will be put on hold until after Ganso competes in the FIFA Club World Cup, as he wants a shot at Barcelona for the world title.
When the move does happen, expect Ganso to come out firing and emerge as a star in Italy and Europe. Unlike some other potential winter moves for Milan, Ganso will not be ineligible for the Champions League as Cassano and Van Bommel were this season, meaning he could come in and make an impact should they get past the Group Stage.
Milan fans, get excited. Ganso will be here soon.