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Manchester United Target 23 Y/O Atletico Madrid Striker: The Perfect Replacement For Ronaldo?

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Pratik Das
The youngest member of The 4th Official and an ardent Premier League fan who is basically obsessed with scouting young talents and is consumed by the idea of finding the perfect number 10.

Recent reports from Spanish media outlet Marca claim that Manchester United are keen on signing Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha in the upcoming transfer window as Erik ten Hag looks set to add to his options in attack.

‘In fact, the first of the threats that hang over the Metropolitan comes from the feared, due to its economic potential, Premier: Manchester United has set its sights on Matheus Cunha.’ – the translated version of the report stated.

‘It is true that, for the moment, a formal offer has not arrived at the rojiblancos offices for the striker, but from Old Trafford, the movements have already begun to try to get his signing. Specifically, Manchester United have already sent their representatives Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci their interest in the Brazilian international.’

Cunha’s current contract at the Metropolitano stadium runs until 2026, so Manchester United will have to pay anywhere between 60 million and 70 million Euros to secure his signature.

Manchester United Coach Erik Ten Hag
Erik ten Hag

The Perfect Ronaldo Replacement?

Having come through the ranks at Brazilian club Coritiba FC, Matheus Cunha signed for Atletico Madrid from Hertha Berlin in the summer of 2021 for a fee in the region of €26 million. The Brazilian forward has made 54 appearances for the Rojiblancos over the past year, scoring seven goals and assisting eight more across all competitions.

Even this season, he has managed to put up some decent numbers on the board – averaging 1.1 shots, 0.5 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per ninety minutes in the Spanish top-flight.

Manchester United are in dire need of reinforcements in the attacking department – and Matheus Cunha fits the bill perfectly. Aged 23, he has plenty of experience under his belt. Hence, the board should go all out for his signature in the upcoming transfer window.

(Stats from WhoScored)

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