By Saikat Mandal

8th Dec, 2022 | 9:10am

Leeds United need to blow Aston Villa out of water to sign Matheus Cunha as Fabrizio Romano update emerges

Leeds United must beat Aston Villa in the race to sign Atletico Madrid forward Matheus Cunha in January, with Wolverhampton Wanderers also in the picture.

Fabrizio Romano said on the Here We Go Podcast [5 December] that Wolves want to get his signing done quickly, and negotiations are ongoing at the moment.

The Guardian journalist mentions that Aston Villa are also eyeing a move, but it is Wolves who are working on a deal to sign him.

“It’s true that also, other English clubs are keeping an eye on Cunha, Aston Villa and other clubs want Matheus Cunha. This is why Wolves want to be fast, but negotiations are ongoing,” said Romano.

Journalist Matteo Moretto wrote on 3 December that the forward is looking to leave the Spanish club for more regular football, with Leeds being one of the clubs vying for his signature.

Leeds need to bolster their forward department in the January window, and Cunha would be a brilliant addition to the club.

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Phil Hay wrote in his column for The Athletic [6 December] that the Brazilian has been scouted by Victor Orta before at Elland Road, and it would require around £15 million to secure his signature.

Cunha has managed only two starts for the Rojiblancos this season and has managed two assists.

Last season, he scored seven goals in 37 games for them in all competitions, but that should not prevent Leeds from making a move for him.

The Brazilian can play as a striker or as a left winger. He is not only brilliant with his finishing but has got excellent dribbling skills as well.

Capable of putting in fantastic crosses, as well as taking set-pieces, he would be ideal under Jesse Marsch.

He is a typical modern-day forward who drops deep, puts in lots of defensive shifts, and is prepared to take on multiple roles. He can be a utility player, whose best years are ahead of him.

Considering his age and quality, it’s worth taking a £15m risk on the player. Leeds must make a serious move and blow Villa (and Wolves) out of the water to sign the player.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now scouting an attacker at the World Cup and a January move appears to be on the cards for them.