Paulo Henrique Ganso
Santos midfielder Ganso.

Santos president Luis Oliveira has finally admitted that Ganso will be sold, if the Manchester United target receives the right offer in the January transfer window.

Ganso has starred for the Brazilian side since moving through the youth ranks to the first team in 2008. As a result, clubs around Europe have been connected to the attacking midfielder, with every transfer window bringing more speculation.

United are on the lookout for midfield creativity, and particularly after Darren Fletcher pulled out with an illness for the foreseeable future, numerous pundits are insisting that the club need to buy in January to keep the title fight with Manchester City alive.

And while United are continually insisting that they won't make any moves this month, Oliveira's comments might change the side's mind, with the president claiming that Ganso will be available if the right bid comes in.

"If the player wants to leave, we will have to listen to offers. But as of today, no offer for him has yet arrived," he said, as reported by Talksport.

"The desire of the player is most important. If Ganso wants to leave Santos and our interests are preserved, we can negotiate."

Ganso would appear to be perfect signing for United - the 22 year old fits well with Ferguson's transfer policy of bringing younger players full of potential into the fold, and he would be a good long-term replacement for the retired Paul Scholes.

Ganso's fee of £25 million is also significantly lower than that of alternative midfield targets, with Mario Gotze currently going at £30 million and Welsey Sneijder at £35 million. While United were said by numerous press outlets to be interested in Sneijder in the summer, his current pay packet of around £200,000 a week reportedly scuppered any possible deal, though Ganso would likely not have anywhere near the same wage demands.

Ferguson admitted that he does have a few targets in mind for this transfer window, but doesn't believe that any of them will be available as January is a difficult month for getting good prices for top players.

"It is easy to say you are going to buy players but it is not easy to buy them for Manchester United, especially in January," Ferguson said at the end of November.

"I do not see anyone who could make us a better team.

"There are two or three players but they are not available, so there is no point even going there."

But United's head could be turned now that Santos have admitted they will listen to offers if their star wants to leave for greener pastures.