By Saikat Mandal

25th Dec, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United still in hunt to sign Matheus Cunha amid recent development

Leeds United are still in the hunt to sign Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha, according to David Anderson of The Mirror.

The Mirror reported on 21 December that Wolves are set to sign the Brazil striker. They are gambling on the Atletico Madrid forward who is set to join on loan until the end of the season.

Wolves will have an obligation to turn the deal permanent in the summer, which will be £40 million – even if they are relegated.

Leeds Live reported on 24 December that Cunha was on Victor Orta’s shortlist but his pricetag has left the Whites bewildered, and the move makes “zero sense” to the club.

However, Anderson while discussing transfer targets for Leeds, mentions Cunha as an option and the price given is around £25m, at least £15m less than what Wolves need to pay to sign him.

Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui appeared already appeared to have confirmed the deal.

“Today I have to talk about him, it’s clear he is going to be with us. He is going to happen once the market is open. Now he’s going to be our player, but in the next matches we have to focus on the players that are here,” said Lpoetegui, as quoted by Birmingham Mail.

Twist?

This is interesting but it still appears that Wolves have won the race for the player’s signature. 

Even if he is available for around 25 million, the Whites should look for options elsewhere, and allow Wolves to sign the player. 

The 23-year-old has failed to score in 11 outings this term, and he doesn’t look like the kind of forward that Jesse Marsch would want to bolster his attack during the January window. 

The Brazilian forward is not a natural nine and his playing style is similar to that of Rodrigo and Crysencio Summerville.

Capable of playing on wider channels, he is not a prolific goalscorer that Orta and Marsch are desperately searching at the moment. 

Leeds play an attacking brand of football where they are capable of creating loads of chances. They need a proven striker who is a clinical finisher in the box, and there are better options in the market than Cunha. 

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