Talks intensified as Bielsa asks Leeds to push through £26m attacker deal

Date published: Saturday 26th June 2021 9:56 - James Marshment

Matheus Cunha, Hertha Berlin striker

Leeds United have stepped up talks to sign Matheus Cunha after Marcelo Bielsa made the Hertha Berlin striker a priority signing.

The Brazilian forward caught the eye this season with his standout performances in the Bundesliga. He scored eight goals and and assisted eight more in a standout season for the Bundesliga sides. 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 Leeds. To that end, one report said Cunha would be available for €30million (£26million).

Sensing that opportunity, Brazilian website UOL claims Leeds have ‘intensified talks’ to land Cunha. They state that the forward is an ‘express wish’ for Leeds boss Bielsa and that they ‘don’t give up on his signing’.

And while Hertha are sticking to their guns over his fee, Leeds are said to be determined to secure his signing.

Hertha spent €18m to sign him from RB Leipzig last summer. And should Leeds meet their asking price, they will come close to doubling their initial investment.

Addressing his future earlier this month, Hertha sporting director Fredi Bobic confirmed Cunha does not have an exit clause.

“I’m glad he’s with us and doesn’t have a [release] clause.

“Whether he will play the future with us, we’ll have to see. I can’t say right now whether he’s happy that he wants to stay here.”

Cunha has previously revealed his admiration for the Premier League and said he wants to play in the English top flight one day.

The 22-year-old told Yellow and Green Football in 2019: “The Premier League now is one of the biggest leagues in world football.

“Without a doubt I have the desire to play there one day.”

Noa Lang hopes grow for Leeds

Leeds are also reported to be growing increasingly hopeful of signing Noa Lang this summer. That’s amid claims the player has told his agent he’s keen to make the move to Elland Road.

Their interest in the Brugge winger is well documented and was last week confirmed by trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

On Wednesday, we reported how Lang’s side, Club Brugge, were warning suitors for their top stars how signing them would not come cheap.

But with talks having been held with director of football Victor Orta, Leeds remain undeterred. Indeed, they are reportedly actively pursuing the deal.

It’s claimed Lang – who played in Ajax’s academy alongside Pascal Struijk – wants to take his game to the next level. And he sees a move to Elland Road as the perfect way in which to do that.

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