Tony Dorigo has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he finds Wolves’ move for Matheus Cunha strange amid reports that Leeds United were seriously interested in the forward.

Cunha became one of the first players to finalise a move to the Premier League ahead of the January transfer window. The Brazilian has joined Wolves on loan for the rest of the season.

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The deal comes with a £44 million obligation to buy, according to the Guardian. So Julen Lopetegui’s men are certainly under pressure to get themselves out of relegation trouble.

Dorigo surprised by Wolves move for Leeds target Matheus Cunha

The news that Cunha had gone to Wolves was met with a mixed reaction amongst Leeds fans.

Dorigo Cunha
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According to The Athletic, the Whites were seriously interested in Cunha. And Goal subsequently suggested that talks with Atletico Madrid had been held over a potential deal.

Jesse Marsch’s men absolutely need another forward in January. So there was a desire amongst some for Leeds to go out and get Cunha while he was available.

Dorigo however, appears to be in the camp who feel that we may have had a lucky escape due to the future fee involved.

“With Cunha, I am just surprised at the money for him as that’s a lot of money for someone that really hasn’t done well in the Spanish league yet suddenly his price has gone up by 10-15 million,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It’s a strange one. Maybe we can get value elsewhere and value is exactly where we need to be shopping unfortunately. That’s just the way it is. That’s reality.”

Deal a massive gamble, but still piles pressure on Orta

Many more supporters will accept that not signing Cunha was the right move if Victor Orta manages to bring someone else in. But clearly, the club are going to have to be prepared to spend.

Right now, our squad is going to be in relegation contention if we do not make further signings. The poor teams in the division are much stronger than last year.

However, there is a talented squad there. So if Leeds make two or three smart signings, we could quite quickly move ourselves up the table.

Admittedly, that is easier said than done. And it probably was the smart move to not pay the money for Cunha. But there is no question that that deal has piled the pressure on Orta to pull something out of the bag.

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