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talkSPORT and Fabrizio Romano claim Manchester United are closing in on £42m deal for Matheus Cunha

Manchester United are apparently closing in on the big-money signing of talented Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha.

That’s according to a report from talkSPORT who claim that Manchester United are close to agreeing a fee worth around €50 million (£42 million) for the 23-year-old forward.

Well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has backed up those claims as well. However, the Italian does insist that no agreement has been reached yet.

Aside from bringing a top-class central midfielder to Old Trafford this summer, signing an elite centre-forward appears to be the main priority for United boss Erik ten Hag. Cristiano Ronaldo faces an uncertain future with the club whilst Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial cannot be trusted to deliver the goods on a consistent basis.

And the Dutchman appears to have someone specific on his mind to lead the line at United this season…

Manchester United close in on Matheus Cunha signing

The Red Devils are believed to be edging closer to the signing of the seven-capped Brazilian international according to talkSPORT and Fabrizio Romano.

He hasn’t exactly been prolific since joining Atleti from Hertha Berlin in the summer of 2021, with just seven goals and seven assists to his name in 38 games for the La Liga side. It’s not all about goals, however, and his technical ability is certainly very impressive.

Cunha possesses a strong work-rate and is always willing to make tireless runs into the channels to help make space for his teammates.

A club like Manchester United should be aiming a lot higher in our view though. Ten Hag needs to sign a proven, elite striker who will score him 20 goals a season. He needs someone who will press from the front whilst doing that as well.

A regular goalscorer who works hard for the team will obviously cost a pretty penny. However, if United want to make genuine strides this season, the owners need to put their money where their mouths are.

Matheus Cunha is a very good player and wouldn’t be a bad addition at all for Manchester United. Is he good enough to help take Ten Hag’s side to another level though? The jury is very much out on that.

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