Brazil's Ganso fights for the ball with Ecuador's Minda and Arroyo during the first round match of the Copa America soccer tournament in Cordoba.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will look to sign Santos midfielder Ganso as a replacement for the retired Paul Scholes, after he recently played down reports linking him to signing Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

Ferguson has been, so far, unsuccessful in his pursuit of Luka Modric and Samir Nasri as he continues to look for Scholes' replacement, while he played down links to Sneijder twice, saying he won't be pressurized into making a big name signing for the sake of it and that he would wait for the right player.

When asked of a possible move for Sneijder, he said Forget it. We are looking at some things but I am not so sure Sneijder will be easy to get. I could pick three or four players to come in but they wouldn't be good enough for us, so there is no point. 

The Metro has reported links to Santos star Ganso as an option for Ferguson, who will come as a much cheaper alternative than any of Sneijder, Modric or Nasri. The report says Ferguson has received positive feedback from his scouts about the 21-year-old Ganso and is planning a bid for the 'new Kaka'. 

However, AC Milan and Paris St Germain are also rumored to be interested in him along with Tottenham Hotspur, after scrutinizing his performances in Copa America.

So far, Ferguson has been active in the transfer market, signing Phil Jones (£16.5million), Ashley Young (£15million) and David De Gea (£18million). However, a creative midfielder remains vital to his preparations for next season.