By Joe Ellis

20th Dec, 2022 | 3:04pm

Medical scheduled: Wolves beat Leeds United in race to sign Matheus Cunha - Fabrizio Romano

Leeds United have missed out on the chance to sign Matheus Cunha with Fabrizio Romano dropping big news on the Brazilian on Tuesday (20 December).

The 23-year-old had been a target for the Whites and Victor Orta with an approach made to Atletico Madrid days ago, according to the Evening Standard [15 December].

The Guardian journalist, Romano, shared via his personal Twitter account, though, that Wolverhampton Wanderers had won the race with a medical booked at Molineux.

“Matheus Cunha to Wolves, here we go!” he said. “Full verbal agreement reached between clubs with Atléti and also on personal terms. It’s a loan with obligation to buy clause, around €40/50m (£35/43million).

“Medicals being scheduled while all the documents will be prepared in the next days.”

Orta now has to turn his attention elsewhere for his much-needed January firepower and that has to be a much cheaper deal than what Cunha would have seemingly cost.

The 23-year-old does have the ability and some potential to grow but he has not proved that he can hack it at the top level at the Wanda Metropolitano and spending so much on one player is a huge risk.

There should be much better value for money options around next month for Orta to work his magic and finally fill the void that has been gaping at Leeds United for well over 12 months now.

Rodrigo has impressed in holding down the fort this season while Patrick Bamford remained in his usual habitat of the treatment room but the Spaniard can’t do it all alone.

Wilfried Gnonto is still only 18 years of age and giving him the leading role would be very risky with the club only just outside the relegation zone.

Jesse Marsch needs a new striker in January but Cunha, for that price, would have been an awful piece of business for the club.

In other Leeds United news, another potential January target has been scribbled off the list after he signed a new deal north of the border.