Goal Spain report that Leeds United are not the only club interested in signing Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid in January – with Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wolves also keen to sign him. Atleti are keen to offload the Brazilian attacker.

Cunha, 23, was a target for Leeds last summer. The Brazil international had impressed at Hertha Berlin, but Atletico Madrid moved for the striker. Since then, he has managed just nine goals in 54 games – but only started 11 times.

UOL reported as much last summer – even claiming Marcelo Bielsa had requested his signing. Now, Atletico Madrid are keen to offload Cunha and Leeds are on his radar. But, the Whites are not the only Premier League club interested.

Indeed, Arsenal, Villa and Wolves are also looking at Cunha. The report says Leeds are confident that they can convince Cunha of our sporting project – but obviously, Villa have huge cash reserves. Arsenal sit top of the Premier League.

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Leeds not only club interested in Cunha: Arsenal and Villa also keen

Leeds need Cunha. Patrick Bamford’s injury record is getting worse and worse and while Rodrigo is banging in the goals, Leeds could do with cover. Buying a straight up, no.9, is not the answer. We need a versatile attacker in January.

Cunha fits the bill. Goals and assists as a no.9, creative in the 10 role but more than quick and hard-working enough to play out wide. Whether Leeds can fight off the competition of Arsenal, Villa and Wolves, remains to be seen.

While he would not start for Arsenal, he would probably come in for Gabriel Jesus. Topping the table and in with a chance of winning the Europa League, he would get game time. At Villa, he would be joining an upwards project.

Plenty of South American players to keep him company, as well. His best move might be Portugal – combining the need for a striker and the amount of Portuguese-speaking players. But Leeds must fight tooth and nail to get him.

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