Manchester United target Matheus Cunha credits Diego Simeone as value jumps £20m in 12 months

Manchester United are pushing for a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha.

The Mail reports United could pay £42 million for the Brazilian, with Fabrizio Romano confirming talks have been held between the club and Cunha’s agents.

If one thing isn’t adding up, it’s the valuation. Atletico are seeking a profit of £20 million on the £22 million they paid to sign him a year ago.

Cunha started only eight La Liga games, scoring seven goals in all competitions across the season, featuring more than 20 times as a substitute.

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Matheus Cunha credits Diego Simeone

Matheus Cunha credits Diego Simeone with helping him to become a much better player in his one season in Spain.

He recently netted twice in pre-season, including in a friendly against Juventus, and spoke to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte about working under his manager.

Cunha said: “I believe I have become an even more complete player. The level of intensity of play and training is very high. 

“We always work and train at our limit. It made me evolve. 

“I feel like a much more complete player in tactical, technical and physical terms. Being able to train and play with the best raised my game.”

Manchester United will pay the cost, but could reap the benefits of Simeone’s coaching and hard work undertaken by Cunha behind the scenes last season.

The striker has seven caps for Brazil and hopes to be part of the World Cup squad after featuring in six qualifying matches for the tournament.

If he does end up starring at World Cup 2022, then the £42 million fee United are reportedly looking at paying, could end up a bargain.

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