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Fabrizio Romano: Wolves strike £43M deal for wantaway La Liga star in massive boost to survival chances

Ben Stewart
Matheus Cunha of Atletico de Madrid passes the ball during the match between Real Betis Balompie and Atletico de Madrid

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Wolves have agreed a deal for Atletico Madrid forward Matheus Cunha in a deal worth up to £43million.

This news will be a huge boost to Wolves who are currently rock bottom of the Premier League. Wolves have struggled for creativity all season and have only scored eight goals so far.

They are the lowest-scoring side in the Premier League and have averaged just 0.53 goals per game. That means if they were to carry on at their current rate they would score just 20 goals all season.

New Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui comes with a wealth of experience and he is already using his contacts in the game to reshape the squad.

Romano took to Twitter to explain the situation: ‘Full verbal agreement reached between clubs with Atleti and also on personal terms. It’s a loan with obligation to buy clause, around €40/50m (£43million).

‘Medicals being scheduled while all the documents will be prepared in the next days.’

Several other Premier League clubs were interested in the Brazilian forward, including Chelsea, but it now seems that Wolves have won the race for Cunha.

Wolves have only won two matches all season and are currently four points away from safety. Prior to the international break, they were on a five-game winless run.

Lopetegui is clearly a very good manager with an excellent track record in the game, but he will have a huge job on his hands to turn things around at Molineux.

Cunha has a point to prove

It’s probably fair to say that Cunha’s move to Atletico Madrid has not worked out. The Brazilian forward moved over to Spain in the summer of 2021 after impressing with Hertha BSC.

The 23-year-old has featured in 54 games for Atletico, but the majority of his appearances have come from the bench. In that time he has scored seven goals for the club.

Of his 16 appearances for the club this season, only two of them have been starts. Cunha has provided two assists in La Liga this season but has not hit the back of the net.

The Wolves manager discussed the upcoming transfer window on the official club website and he is fully aware of the situation they currently are in.

“We have to be very clear that the main actors are here, they are here, but after, I don’t know what’s going to happen. Of course, we want to improve our squad, we need to improve our squad, we have to be competitive.

“At the same time, we have to increase the confidence and the players have to believe in themselves, to show they are better players than they have shown at the moment, and they have to do their all to change the situation.

“We can help them, but the key moment is the players’ determination and commitment to change the situation.”

Striking a deal for Cunha is certainly a huge step in the right direction for Wolves and Lopetegui will perhaps still have his eye on a few of his former players.

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