REUTERS – Midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso is close to joining Spanish club Sevilla from Sao Paulo in his native Brazil, according to his current club president Carlos Silva.
The 26-year-old, once billed as one of Brazil’s brightest emerging talents until his progress was curtailed by injury, was included in his country’s squad for the Centenary Copa America last month after a series of impressive displays for his club.
“It’s his wish and there’s nothing we can do about it,” Sao Paulo president Carlos Silva told ESPN. “To keep a player against his wishes is counterproductive.
I will miss having a guy in our team with such rare talent. We are obliged to accept some things and this is one of them.”
Brazilian media reported that the clubs had agreed a fee of 9.5 million euros ($10.5 million) for the playmaker.
($1 = 0.9039 euros)
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)