Man Utd now 'pushing' for 'special' £42m Brazilian at Old Trafford

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Manchester United are ‘pushing’ to sign Matheus Cunha and key figures at Old Trafford feel the Atletico Madrid striker has ‘a lot of potential’, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The Red Devils have made a miserable start to the season, having suffered back-to-back defeats against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, and boss Erik ten Hag could bolster his squad ahead of the September 1 transfer deadline.

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What’s the latest news involving Cunha?

It appears that ten Hag, who was appointed as Manchester United’s new boss ahead of the new campaign, is on the cusp of completing his latest signing.

That is because, according to talkSPORT, the Red Devils are closing in on the acquisition of Atletico Madrid’s Cunha for £42million.

The report suggests Manchester United advanced negotiations over the seven-cap Brazil international on Monday.

While Fabrizio Romano revealed that the Premier League giants have held direct talks with Cunha’s agents in recent days, the transfer guru understands an agreement has not been reached with Atletico Madrid yet.

The La Liga side are not necessarily in a rush to sell the 23-year-old as his £65,000-per-week contract is not due to expire until the summer of 2026.

What has Alex Crook said about Cunha?

Crook understands that Manchester United are still in negotiations with Atletico Madrid and that a move to Old Trafford is not a foregone conclusion for Cunha.

However, the talkSPORT reporter is aware that the Red Devils are admirers of the centre forward and feels they are working towards getting the deal over the line.

Crook told GIVEMESPORT: “I was told on Monday night that there was still work to be done.

“But I think, certainly, they’re pushing for it. I think they see him as someone who has a lot of potential.”

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Manchester United’s early season woes, which has resulted in them propping up the Premier League table, have emphasised that ten Hag has plenty of work to do.

There is continued uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, following his request to be sold if a satisfactory offer is tabled, and the Red Devils would be short of options if the Portuguese star seals his exit.

Cunha, an Olympic gold medallist, may turn out to be a shrewd investment by Manchester United chief ten Hag.

He has found the back of the net 39 times at club level and also shown that he is capable of laying on presentable opportunities for team-mates by racking up 28 assists, while former head coach Bruno Labbadia has described Cunha as having ‘something special’.

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