By Saikat Mandal

17th Nov, 2022 | 5:40am

Leeds United signing Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid could be transfer blunder

Leeds United have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha in the January window, but it could be a big transfer blunder.

Mundo Deportivo reported on 15 November that the forward is set to leave Diego Simeone’s side in January after failing to live up to the famous number nine shirt in Madrid.

The Whites will have to pay a fee of around €30-35m (£26.2m) to secure his signature, while Atletico are equally keen to get rid of him in January.

Considering the fact that Cunha wasn’t selected for the Brazil national team, his price will unlikely go up in January.

Now, the big question here is do Leeds need a player like Cunha? Can the Whites afford to pay a huge sum to sign a player who is not what they need?

Cunha is a versatile forward but he is not a typical out-an-out striker. His scoring record at both Hertha Berlin and Atletico weren’t great, and that’s where the big problem lies.

He scored 13 goals in two seasons at Hertha and scored seven goals for the Rojiblancos last season.

At the moment, Leeds need a proper striker, who will challenge Patrick Bamford for the first-team role. The Whites do have depth in the form of Joe Gelhardt or Wilfried Gnonto or Cry Summerville, but they need someone who can score 12-15 goals per season.

If Leeds are looking to pay over £25m to add a top-quality forward, the club must make sure they get someone who can guarantee goals upfront.

In theory, the Whites should look for better options. If Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch still feel that Cunha would be the right profile, the Whites could end up making a big transfer blunder.

It’s not like Cunha can’t be a success, but doubts remain about how many goals he can score and win matches for the club. Cunha may have Champions League experience, but the Whites must look at other options.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has revealed the whispers he’s heard at Elland Road about when the 49ers will complete their takeover.