Leeds have been told they are free to sign one of their top summer targets in Matheus Cunha – but Hertha Berlin have set a prohibitive price on his prospective transfer.
The Brazilian forward caught the eye in 2020/21 with his standout performances in the Bundesliga. He scored eight goals and assisted eight more in a standout season for the capital club. As such, reports have claimed that Leeds have registered interest in signing him. However, the same claims have disagreed over his transfer fee.
The forward has four years remaining on his Hertha deal and the Bundesliga club would ideally like to keep him.
However, they would struggle to turn down a huge offer from his many suitors. To that end, one report said Cunha would be available for €30million (£26million).
That said, Leeds are seemingly not the only club keen. His agent has previously indicated that Cunha is also on the radar of Bayern Munich. Either way, it seems Cunha is a player heading to the top.
Aware of the growing interest in their star man, Fredi Bobic says Cunha can leave ‘for the right price’.
The recently-appointed Hertha sporting director has his work cut out if he wants to push his side up the table.
Part of that process could be selling Cunha and buying players elsewhere with the profits.
Either way, Bobic, speaking to BuliNews, says the Marcelo Bielsa target could depart.
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“I’ve met with his agent and exchanged ideas with him (Cunha). It was a good conversation,” Bobic explained.
“I told him that I am very happy that Matheus is with us. He is our best player. But he needs to change a few things about himself, because otherwise he will have problems in the future, no matter where he plays.
“If he’s completely commits to Hertha, he’s a player we don’t have to worry about.”
Cunha fee set at €35m
With Leeds weighing up whether to move for Cunha, Hertha have reportedly now set a loftier than expected price if they wish to sign him.
That has reportedly been pitched at €35m (£30.02m), which would represent a club-record deal for United.
Bobic, however, is not against the idea of his sale.
“If he wants to move on, it will only happen if the price is right,” he added. “It’s simple: either you commit completely and dig in – or you bring up something else that makes sense.
“I had the feeling that the agent thought that was great. That was a clear statement, he can deal with that. And it’s not like there are 20 clubs lining up right now.”