Leeds United are intensifying their efforts to sign Hertha BSC star Matheus Cunha this summer.
With the Premier League season now over, Marcelo Bielsa’s side can now firmly turn their attentions towards the summer transfer window, and it appears the club are already kick-starting things in terms of their recruitment.
According to German publication Kicker (via Sport Witness), the Whites are “intensifying contact” with Cunha over signing him, despite the news that Hertha actually extended his deal during the season, making it much harder for any interested clubs.
The report adds that “Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa had already made contact with Cunha in the January transfer market, and now they are ‘intensifying’ their ‘courtship‘.”
While last summer’ signing Rodrigo appeared to find his feet in the final few weeks of the Premier League campaign – he netted four times and provided an assist in his last four games – it’s no surprise that Leeds are looking to sign Cunha.
The 21-year-old Brazilian is equally as versatile as Rodrigo, and this season has proved that he can be a really devastating attacking force, bagging eight goals and setting up another eight in all competitions.
Dubbed as “something special” by former Hertha head coach Bruno Labbadia, the club’s one-time sporting director Michael Preetz has also raved about him, saying: “Matheus is a young player with enormous potential, who has already shown his impressive skills.”
Able to play as a number 10, off the left or even down the middle on his own, Cunha has shown the kind of versatility which marks him out as a player Bielsa would surely love, and one that could easily provide genuine competition for Rodrigo.
Dubbed as a “genius” by Hertha coach, Pal Dardai, the £27m-rated forward could come to Elland Road to battle Rodrigo, or even surpass him and establish himself as a key first-team player for Leeds straight away.