By Liam Thomas

15th Nov, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United want to sign Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha, Premier League likely

Leeds United want to sign Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha as the Brazilian looks to leave Diego Simeone’s side in January, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The forward would be available for €30-35m (£26.2m+), having only joined Atletico in the summer of 2021 from Hertha Berlin.

The report also claims that Manchester United will enquire about Cunha who has not been able to live up to the famous Madrid number nine shirt.

It seems Atletico’s poor UEFA Champions League campaign alongside the current economic crisis in Spain is forcing them to get rid of talents like Cunha.

Cunha wasn’t called up to be part of the Brazilian World Cup squad playing in Qatar this month so his price will likely not change either.

Versatile.

Cunha has the versatility that Leeds United want from their next forward and he can comfortably play anywhere along the frontline.

He’s similar in style to Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino but isn’t the out-and-out goalscorer that Leeds United fans may be craving.

He would certainly provide Patrick Bamford with some stiff competition though and his ability to play wide or in the number 10 role gives him an advantage over the Englishman.

Leeds may be able to offer Cunha the perfect ticket away from Spain too, it seems a switch to Elland Road would suit all parties involved here, especially given that they have bid before.

And although he hasn’t performed great since joining Atletico, he was a fierce talent during his time in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin.

If he could recapture some of this form for Leeds it could end up being a shrewd bit of business. Nevertheless, Leeds United fans wanting a proven poacher may want the club to look elsewhere.

In other Leeds United news, the club have now put up a first-team player on sale as they expect top EFL sides to make a move for him in January.