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Wolves win race for Man Utd, Leeds target after reaching ‘agreement’ with La Liga giant for Brazilian striker

Matheus Cunha carrying Koke

Wolves have agreed a deal to sign a striker who has also been on the radars of Manchester United and Leeds, according to a report from Spain.

There have already been a couple of attacking additions at Molineux in recent months. Wolves signed Sasa Kalajdzic in the summer, but soon lost him to an ACL injury. It prompted them to secure the short-term signing of Diego Costa on top.

However, there could soon be another new face in the Wolves frontline. According to Cadena Ser, they have reached an agreement to sign Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid.

Cunha has been put up for sale by the side from the Spanish capital following their elimination from European football for the rest of the season and subsequent need to raise funds.

There have been links with Man Utd as a result, before Leeds have also come into the equation.

But Cadena Ser has revealed that Wolves are actually set to win the race to sign the Brazil international. According to the Spanish source, they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid.

Cunha’s agent has already made it clear to Atletico Madrid that the attacker will be able to leave. As things stand, we will have to wait to find out whether it will be on loan or a permanent basis – and how much the latter solution might cost.

Cunha should be under contract with Atletico Madrid until 2026 after joining them last year from Hertha Berlin. However, they are now ready to offload him in order to save space on the wage bill.

Only 23 years old, Cunha has plenty of time ahead to build up a strong career elsewhere. Now, it seems Wolves will be the next club to benefit from his talents.

Cunha has failed to score from 17 appearances in all competitions for Atletico Madrid this season. However, he has provided two assists from his 11 La Liga outings – only two of which have been starts.

Last season, Cunha scored seven goals and added six assists from his first 37 appearances in an Atletico Madrid shirt.

Soon, he will have to adapt to new surroundings in the Premier League. It could have been with Man Utd or Leeds, but now it seems Wolves will be his takers instead.

He could end up becoming the first signing of the Julen Lopetegui era if Wolves can get a deal done quickly enough.

Can Matheus Cunha be the answer for Wolves?

Due to his drought this season, there may be some concerns as to whether or not Cunha can give Wolves the solution they need up front.

He has never been the most prolific striker; his best tally for a single season was 10 with Swiss outfit Sion in 2017-18.

But several clubs have still shown a belief in him, so Cunha could have something to contribute.

Thanks to the other options at Wolves’ disposal, there might not be massive pressure on him to hit the ground running. But since most of their attackers are struggling for goals, he could bring some new ideas.

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