Manchester United are reportedly closing in on signing Matheus Cunha, as Erik ten Hag remains desperate to bring in a new striker.

According to talkSPORT, Manchester United could be closing in on signing Matheus Cunha, with the Atletico Madrid striker the latest player to emerge on their shortlist. The Brazilian attacker could depart from the Wanda Metropolitano, with a fee of £42 million mooted.

Manchester United’s dire start to the season has forced everyone to make a desperate call for new reinforcements to be brought in before the summer transfer window shuts down. Erik ten Hag highlighted the same in the aftermath of their 4-0 demolition at the hands of Brentford on the weekend.

Manchester United are looking at midfield and attacking options as things stand. Recent stories linking them to players may have pointed towards the search for a new striker. Many players have been mentioned as targets, as they might either be looking at a Cristiano Ronaldo backup or replacement.

It may also warrant the need for a new striker due to Anthony Martial’s ongoing fitness troubles, but does it make the Frenchman somewhat unreliable? Names such as Raul de Tomas and Sasa Kalajdazic have been mentioned, but the attention seems to have switched to Atletico Madrid’s Matheus Cunha.

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Cunha had a decent first season in Spain, scoring six and assisting as many goals in 29 La Liga games. While the Brazilian striker remains a backup option for most games, he certainly has the potential to become a future star anywhere he plays. Could that be at Manchester United? Things will be clearer as we approach the transfer deadline.

Manchester United were linked with Alvaro Morata earlier. Still, after the Spaniard’s solid performance in Atletico Madrid’s season-opening La Liga game, he may remain at the Wanda Metropolitano. Hence Manchester United might have switched their attention to Morata’s teammate Cunha.

Cunha joined Atletico Madrid last summer in a £22 million deal, with Los Rojiblancos now demanding around £42 million as links with Manchester United intensify. So far, there has not been any formal approach made for the Brazilian, which may happen in the coming days.

Whether Cunha could prove to be the answer to Manchester United’s woes remains to be seen. He could be a good addition, although considering his £42 million valuation, among other things, it is unlikely he will agree to play second fiddle to Ronaldo or anyone else at Old Trafford.

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