Wolverhampton Wanderers are in pole position to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid forward Matheus Cunha, despite interest from elsewhere in the Premier League.
The Lowdown: Cunha’s transfer links
Marca reported last week that Wolves were ‘close’ to reaching an agreement with Atletico for Cunha, with Julen Lopetegui looking to bolster his squad with an additional attacking option to help turn around their disappointing start to the Premier League season.
However, a more recent update from the Yorkshire Evening Post claimed that Leeds United have also been in contact, while Everton and Aston Villa are also believed to be vying for the Brazilian’s signature in January, as per 90min.
Given the fact that the Old Gold are currently bottom of the league, there may have been understandable concern about potentially missing out on the 23-year-old, but a promising new update has now came to light…
The Latest: Mendes helping out
According to Goal Brasil’s Ruben Uria, Wolves are still in pole position to sign the forward, and key to the negotiations being successful could be the involvement of Jorge Mendes, who is named as a regular agent in Atletico transfers.
Mendes was deemed as the determining factor in the signing of Goncalo Guedes in the summer, and he could help Fosun fend off Leeds, Villa and Arsenal, who are also in the mix.
The Verdict: Make it happen
Journalist Josh Bunting described the £65k-per-week earner as being ‘excellent‘ upon his arrival at Atletico Madrid, and while the signing ultimately didn’t work out, he would still be a fantastic acquisition for Lopetegui, capable of spearheading a charge up the table.
A record of 39 goals in 178 professional appearances for the eight-time Brazil international is very respectable given the range of positions he has occupied, playing at striker just 21 times in his last 50 outings, while also slotting in as far back as central-midfield during that time.
As such, the former Hertha Berlin man would not be a like-for-like replacement for the misfiring Diego Costa, instead possessing different abilities, with an average of 3.29 shot-creating actions over the past year placing him in the 84th percentile, and highlighting his ability to advance the ball into promising areas for his teammates.
Wolves need inspiration from somewhere if they are going to avoid relegation to the Championship, and Cunha boasts a very good record in his career so far.