By Craig Scott

18th Dec, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United in talks to sign Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha

By Ivan Prothero

Leeds United have reportedly held talks with Atletico Madrid over the signing of Brazilian striker Matheus Cunha, according to the Mail on Sunday

The newspaper reported via their print edition 18 December (page 97) that Leeds are keen on signing the forward after missing out on Netherlands World Cup and PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo in the summer transfer window.

Leeds had previously been linked with Cunha, 23, when he played for Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin before his £22million move to the Spanish capital last year.

Fabrizio Romano reported on 17 December that there are four clubs battling for the striker’s signature including Everton.

A creative necessity

Despite fellow Brazilian Rodrigo stepping up to take over the goal-scoring duties for the injured Patrick Bamford, Leeds United are in severe need of creativity.

Rodrigo has managed nine goals so far, but behind him, the next highest-scorer Crysencio Summerville has only managed four.

Cunha has frequently displayed his ability to show his flair and creativity during his time in La Liga, despite limited opportunities given to him from manager Diego Simeone.

The move to the Yorkshire side might be an attractive proposition for Cunha.

Despite playing well on many occasions for Atletico, hasn’t managed to displace the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata, who all start ahead of him.

This has resulted in Cunha only appearing 11 times in the league so far this campaign and has failed to score.

However, Cunha is a versatile player with pace and trickery alike – certain qualities that don’t tend to fare well in a tight and structured system like Simeone’s.

Yet, under the open and expansive football that American manager Jesse Marsch implements at Leeds, Cunha could easily fit in as an attacking midfielder either centrally or wide, he may even fit well as the main man in front of goal in Marsch’s 4-2-3-1 formation. 

If Leeds United are to secure the signing of Cunha, it could be the catalyst of their success in staying in the Premier League this season.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites look set to sign the new Jude Bellingham to replace Mateusz Klich.