By Mark Smith

19th Dec, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United transfer news as factors may now see Matheus Cunha sign

By Daniel Hepburn.

New factors are now in play that could see Leeds United complete a transfer to sign Atletico Madrid forward Matheus Cunha in January, according to Dean Jones.

The former EuroSport journalist has reported, however, that Leeds’ proceedings for the South American rely on the transfer activity of their relegation rivals.

The side from West Yorkshire are sitting just above the relegation spots as we enter the dying moments of the year in the Premier League, with January reinforcements eyed.

Speaking to Give Me Sport, Jones admitted if Wolves cannot tie up a deal soon, the likes of Leeds will be on red alert to get it done.

“If Wolves can’t tie it up, then it will be one to look out for,” he said.

“I was sceptical of Leeds’ interest at first, but there are actually some interesting factors that could make this doable.”

Struggles.

A successful stint at Hertha Berlin earned Cunha a rightful move to Spain where he signed for European giants Atletico Madrid, but his time under Diego Simeone and the rest of his entourage has not lived up to expectations.

The South American signed for £22million but has only scored six goals since his arrival.

Though Leeds has outscored all teams below them in the league standings, their creative prowess has taken a step back. Many have attributed this to Raphinha’s departure with the void of his flair and attacking intent proving to be an area for improvement.

Rodrigo has taken over the realms in a forward sense, as he has netted nine times so far this campaign. Cunha could be the igniting flame for this side, and a move to a struggling Leeds outfit could be an enticing one for the Atletico man.

Cunha, 23, has his best years ahead of him. If Leeds can win his signature in the winter transfer window, they will only be adding strength to their team as they look to survive in England’s top flight.

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