Leeds United have opened talks to sign Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid ahead of the January window – and landing the Brazil international, a player Marcelo Bielsa requested, would be one of Victor Orta’s best deals so far.

Cunha, 23, joined Atletico Madrid from Hertha Berlin last summer. The Brazil international was in stunning form for Hertha Berlin, so much so that Bielsa requested Orta to sign him just over 12 months ago. That is, according to UOL.

But since his move to Atletico Madrid, he has only managed seven goals and eight assists in 54 Atletico Madrid games. That is largely because, only 11 of those 54 games have come in the starting line-up under Diego Simeone.

90Min claim that Leeds have opened talks to sign Cunha. The Athletic, meanwhile, report he is available for a fee of just £15million. The Evening Standard have another report, saying Leeds are worried Chelsea could hijack a move.

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Leeds landing Cunha would be one of Orta’s best deals so far

Cunha would be a wonderful signing for Leeds. Clocking up 40 appearances for Hertha Berlin in a number of positions, Cunha had a hand in 23 goals. He was given the freedom to shine, starting week in, week out in Germany.

At Atleti, he is not getting that freedom. He needs a move to a team that gets the best out of him, and if he finds that club, he would repay that club by reproducing the form he showed in Brazil. Leeds and Cunha would be ideal.

Leeds need to sign him. He has shown, even in his brief game time at Atleti, that he would be a level above players Leeds have brought to the club. Certainly, he would be coming from one of the biggest clubs Orta has dealt with.

The fact Leeds need a versatile attacker, another no.9 but one that can play out wide or as a 10, and for a bargain £15million. It would be one of Leeds’ best deals under Orta – not least, because Bielsa requested Orta at Leeds.

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