Sports investment group DIS have become the majority owners of Brazilian international Paulo Henrique Ganso.
Globo report that the group purchased an additional 10% of the 22 year-old’s registration after Santos refused to exercise their option to pay just under £2 million to the player for the share, meaning DIS have increased their stake in the playmaker to 55%.
Ganso is contracted to Santos until 2015, but his relationship with the club was strained earlier this year over the negotiation of his new contract. With Brazilian football on the up, the Santos 10 was demanding a deal akin to that the club’s biggest star Neymar.
“This doesn’t mean that we want Ganso to leave [the club],” said Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues Filho.
Santos kick off their campaign to retain the Copa Libertadores next month and fully expect Ganso to remain at the club throughout 2012, the club's centenary season.
“We didn’t see the need to buy 10% of his rights. We have him for our centenary year so this doesn’t change anything,” added Filho.
Santos have been drawn in Group 1 of the 2012 Copa Libertadores alongside Peruvian club Juan Aurich, The Strongest of Boliva and the winners of the clash between Once Caldas of Colombia and Brazilian club Internacional.