Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is said to be eyeing a record-breaking move for Hertha BSC star Matheus Cunha.
According to recent reports from German publication Bild (via Sport Witness), Bielsa’s side have already expressed their interest in signing the forward, and that a move could be on the cards after the 22-year-old received approval from Hertha to leave.
Now, The Berliner Kurier claim that Leeds are set to face significant competition from the likes of Napoli, AS Monaco and Atalanta, and that Cunha’s price could be driven to the €40m (£34m) mark because of the added interest.
After smashing their club record to bring Rodrigo to Elland Road last summer for around £27m, it appears Bielsa is intent on doing the same this time around for Cunha.
At the reported £34m mark, that would blow the Rodrigo deal out of the water, and signal another statement of intent from the likes of Andrea Radrizzani and co that the club mean business and are willing to back Bielsa big-time in the transfer market.
Dubbed as “something special” by former Hertha BSC boss Bruno Labbadia, the £55k-a-week earning Cunha enjoyed a superb campaign in the Bundesliga last season, scoring eight goals and providing another eight assists in all competitions.
At 22, he has still got plenty of time to realise his potential, and Bielsa will likely feel that the versatile forward could thrive under his leadership.
But most importantly for him and the club’s fans, a record-breaking deal would be a real indication of the kind of big step Leeds want to take next season and will surely have everyone buzzing.
Actions speak louder than words of course, and if Radrizzani dips into his pocket to sign off on a £34m deal for Cunha, then it would really capture the imagination of the Elland Road faithful.