Before Lucas Moura and Oscar both assumed the honour of star prospects within the Brazilian national team, there was another 'wonderkid' coveted almost every top European club.
Step forward Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima, more commonly known as Ganso.
The playmaker was the star at Santos alongside Neymar, the pair leading the club to winning the 2011 Copa Libertadores.
Since then it has been less than plain sailing for the player nicknamed the 'Goose', for while his teammate has gone onto play for Barcelona, his own proposed big move to AC Milan failed to materialise.
Ganso found himself at the centre of complex wranglings regarding his ownership, with third parties involved, suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury and was sold to Sao Paulo in 2012.
He has seven caps for Brazil, but has not won any for more than a year, the last coming in February 2012 under former coach Mano Menezes.
In the past both Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with his signature, but have decided ultimately not to give their backing to a transfer for the playmaker.
Now it is reported that Napoli are eyeing up the talented attacker for a potential January swoop, at a cut-price €10 million.
At that sort of price, Ganso's Premier League suitors would be wise to pay attention.
Arsenal it could be argued less so due to the addition of Mesut Ozil who plays in the position, but United who have routinely struggled this season to open up opposition defences should certainly revisit the possibility.
Ganso's fitness concerns are seemingly out of the way, he has played 21 games in the Brasileiro to date this season providing four assists. It is considered by many that a move to Europe to test himself would help rejuvenate his prospects.
He is still not the finished article but for the knock-down price, clubs would know that, Arsenal for instance would be bringing in a cheap yet exciting understudy for Mesut Ozil.
In the transfer market it is not all about buying high, but taking a gamble and buying low - before a player hits form and his price becomes over-inflated, as United saw via their pursuit of Lucas Moura.
Rafa Benitez is considering the bold move at Napoli, and why not. If a club do decide to gamble on the former wonderkid at a knockdown price they may just find themselves repaid four or five times over.
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