£26m striker on Marsch’s radar at Elland Road

Leeds United target Matheus Cunha is a ‘good player’ but manager Jesse Marsch ‘has to make sure’ that he’s the right profile, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid in recent months, and Elland Road has been touted as a potential landing spot ahead of the winter transfer window.

What is the latest news involving Cunha?

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have recently claimed that Atletico need to sell some players over January after failing to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

The capital club finished bottom of Group B in Europe’s elite cup competition meaning they didn’t even get the consolation prize of playing in the Europa League in the new year.

Consequently, it’s believed that Cunha is one of the players that Atletico are willing to offload when the market re-opens for business.

Mundo Deportivo state that ‘interest has already arrived’ for the Brazil international from both Manchester United and Leeds despite his underwhelming form this season.

Atletico are said to value Cunha between €30 million (£26m) and €35 million (£30m), and his current contract is not due to expire until the summer of 2026.

What has Jones said about Cunha?

Jones has informed GiveMeSport that Leeds have a ‘decent’ amount of money to ‘throw at an attacker’ in January.

Read more: January Transfer Window 2023: When Does It Begin, Rumours and Everything You Need To Know

He said: “We know that they’re going to have some reasonably decent money to throw at an attacker, but I’ve seen this one being spoken about a fair bit.

“He’s a good player, but I think the key here is that Marsch really has to make sure that he gets the profiles of his attackers right.”

Would Cunha be a good signing?

Cunha enjoyed a productive maiden campaign for Atletico last term, registering seven goals and six assists in 37 appearances across all competitions.

However, the South American’s goalscoring touch has deserted him this time around and he is yet to find the back of the net in his 17 outings, providing just two assists as well.

As per FBref, Cunha has put up some impressive underlying numbers, though, ranking in the 98th percentile for interceptions, 96th for blocks, 91st for tackles, 87th for non-penalty expected goals, and 82nd for shot-creating actions amongst fellow forwards over the last year.

Cunha is clearly a striker who is willing to put in the defensive work for his team, and if he can regain his confidence in front of goal, then he could be an excellent signing for Leeds.

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