Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai thinks Matheus Cunha will stay in the German capital despite ongoing links with Premier League giants Leeds United, as reported by BZ Berlin.
When the Olympic gold medallist put pen to paper on a new contract in May, you’d be forgiven for thinking that would bring an end to a long-running transfer saga.
Despite extending his deal until 2025, Cunha continues to be linked with a move away from the big-spending Bundesliga outfit. Was that new contract merely an attempt to raise his market value rather than cement his future at the Olympiastadion?
A few weeks ago, UOL reported that with the ink still drying on the contract, Leeds had intensified negotiations for the one-time RB Leipzig starlet.
Marcelo Bielsa had personally requested Cunha – a year after demanding Leeds buy another twinkle-toed Brazilian in Raphinha – and what Bielsa wants, Bielsa usually gets.
Things have gone rather quiet since then, however, much to the disappointment of Leeds supporters dreaming of a repeat of last summer’s £100 million splurge.
Could Matheus Cunha still join Leeds United?
“If (Cunha) stays here and continues to play at Hertha BSC, we will be very proud,” Dardai says of a man who won the Bundesliga’s goal of the year award in 2019.
“We know what kind of quality he has and he will help us too. I assume he will stay here – but anything can happen.”
According to Goal, Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg are willing to pay £22 million for an “extraordinary” attacker who has been compared to former Barcelona and Inter Milan superstar Samuel Eto’o.
And they could have a clear run at Cunha too, with Leeds appearing to prioritise an all-action central midfielder over an attacker during the final few weeks of the transfer window.
After missing out on Conor Gallagher and Jens Cajuste, Leeds are looking to seal a £10 million deal for Huddersfield Town’s Lewis O’Brien.