Leeds United appear to have lost out in the race to sign Matheus Cunha, with 90min reporting that Wolves have agreed a deal to sign the striker in January.

Julen Lopetegui’s men have been favourites for Cunha for a little while. It has been apparent that the 23-year-old was likely to leave Atletico Madrid next month after a difficult time in the Spanish capital.

Cunha agrees Wolves move
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But Wolves were not the only side in the running. Reports from Goal this week noted that Leeds, Aston Villa and Arsenal were all interested in the Brazilian.

Cunha agrees Wolves move

Unfortunately for the Whites, it appears that he is joining a relegation rival. 90min reports that a deal has been agreed which will see Cunha join Wolves on an initial loan.

Cunha agrees Wolves move
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They will have the option to buy the forward for £35 million. It is noted that Cunha – who was offered to the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle – is keen to work with Lopetegui.

Leeds may have been powerless to prevent Cunha wanting to join Wolves. But the terms of the deal suggest that the Premier League’s bottom side have produced a masterstroke.

Cunha has not had the best time with Atleti. So some sides may have been wary of spending big to sign him permanently.

It seems that Wolves do not have to worry about that. If the move does not work out, they can decide against signing Cunha permanently in the summer.

There may be a hefty loan fee. But it really does feel like Leeds have missed a glorious opportunity.

The Whites desperately need a new striker next month – despite Rodrigo’s form. But we cannot expect to be amongst the biggest spenders in the division.

Signing Cunha on loan with an option to buy would have been absolutely ideal.

But it appears that he is heading elsewhere – and to another team fighting to get out of trouble.

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