Manchester United are now interested in a move for Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha, The Mail report.
ESPN’s Julien Laurens also reported United’s interest and both reports claim Cunha is keen on a move to Manchester United.
The Mail report Cunha could cost £45 million, which seems excessive considering his moderate goal record. He scored just seven goals for Atletico since his £21 million move from Hertha Berlin last season.
Here is a look at five things you need to know about the potential signing…
Liverpool tried to sign Cunha before Luis Diaz
AS reported in January that Liverpool tried to sign Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid, only for their approach to be rejected.
This led to them moving for Porto forward Luis Diaz instead. The Bundesliga website compared him in playing style to Roberto Firmino, hence Liverpool’s interest.
With their relatively impressive transfer record, landing Cunha after Liverpool tried to sign him could be a coup for United.
Cunha was once likened to Samuel Eto’o
Former Inter Milan defender Paolo Tramezzani talked him up, speaking to FCInterNews in 2020 when he was linked with a move to Serie A.
Tramezzani said: “He has a deadly shot, you can never stop him, and he has incredible acceleration. He is an extraordinary boy. A hard worker with a great desire to improve, always focused and on the game. He is very mature from this point of view.
“He could be like Mourinho’s (Samuel) Eto’o at Inter: an all-out striker. Deadly up front, but also one who runs and sacrifices a lot for the team.”
Cunha won the Bundesliga goal of the year award
Matheus Cunha scored the Bundesliga goal of the year in 2019 for RB Leipzig against Bayer Leverkusen after a stunning turn and chip.
The goal was also nominated for the Puskas Award, and you can watch it below.
Gold medal winner
Matheus Cunha is a gold medal winner at the Olympic Games. He led Brazil’s under-23 side to the win in Tokyo last year.
His record at under-23 level for Brazil is prolific, with 21 goals in 24 matches, which broke a record previously held by Ronaldinho.
He knows Fred already
Cunha has seven international caps for Brazil, and he even replaced Fred as a substitute in his most recent appearance against South Korea in June.
He has played as a starter three times for Brazil in World Cup qualifiers, with Fred starting into two of those games.