Although reportedly further away from a deal than the Midlands outfits, it is said that nothing is 100% done yet and they are still “in the race”. Time remains on Victor Orta’s side.
Although his then club-record £26m move had seemed to disappoint, Rodrigo seems to have sprung into life this season in front of goal.
Having been deployed further up the pitch, as a lone central forward or even a shadow striker, it seems the 31-year-old is finally finding his feet at Elland Road after a tumultuous start.
He has already surpassed his previous tally in the league since his move to Yorkshire, with fans and pundits alike beginning to grumble about his lack of productivity to match his transfer fee.
Former Whites defender Neil Aspin even claimed: “I’m not one who wants to criticise players, but he hasn’t done enough since he’s been here.”
Now, given his seniority and improved performances, they will actively be seeking a replacement for this season’s top scorer.
In Cunha, they could find the perfect man to take the mantle when Rodrigo departs.
Boasting immense creativity paired with an eye for goal, the man who his former club RB Leipzig dubbed a “magician”, ranks in the top 4% of positionally similar players across Europe’s big five leagues for assists per 90.
However, what will interest Marsch most is that he also sits in the top 7% for tackles, the top 4% for interceptions and the top 2% for blocks, via FBRef.
Not only would he bring added offensive firepower to Yorkshire, but he boasts the work rate needed to survive in the American’s all-action system.
Cunha could more than make up for the attacking output of Rodrigo and has shown he can more than compete with the physical demands of a Diego Simeone side.