Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly joined a number of top European clubs in the hunt for RB Leipzig’s forward Matheus Cunha.
According to Sky Sports, the 20-year-old has also attracted the interest of Brighton – as well as other ‘top European clubs’ – and is available this January for a fee of around £17m.
The young Brazillian joined the club in the summer of 2018 for £13.5m from FC Sion in Switzerland but hasn’t been able to hold down a first-team place in the past year or so.
This season he has made 13 appearances for the first team in total, with just two starts, so it perhaps shouldn’t come as a big surprise that they are listening to offers on the attacker.
Last season he was more of a regular. He featured 39 times in all competitions and was able to score nine and register two assists.
Leipzig have gone from strength to strength in this campaign and are currently topping the Bundesliga, so while they might have a top talent on their hands on the bench there isn’t much room for giving players experience when there’s a title on the line.
Would Matheus Cunha be a good signing?
Yes - sign him up
We could spend that £17m better elsewhere
Cunha made a big name for himself last season when he made the 2019 Puskas award nominations for an incredible individual goal against Bayer Leverkusen. The goal saw the forward skin Wendell with an audacious roulette, before proceeding to dink a cheeky chip cleanly over Hradecky in the Leverkusen goal.
With Wolves looking to bolster their attacking options, this could be a smart little buy for £17m. Presuming that Patrick Cutrone leaves the club for a fee slightly less than that, this could be a potential replacement for him. That said, the club might feel they could do with someone more similar to Cutrone and Raul Jimenez so that the style of play isn’t disrupted if Jimenez – god forbid – does get injured.
Additionally, Cunha has the ability to play on the wing as well, so that could help provide extra depth to the club.
At 20 he has a long way to grow, so it is hard to see how this deal could go terribly wrong. Furthermore, at that age, he can still be sold on for a lot of money if it doesn’t quite go to plan.