Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui has said a deal for Atletico Madrid attacker Matheus Cunha is ‘close’.
The 56-year-old sat down to conduct an interview with Spanish publication Marca when he made the comment.
Wolves and Atleti have been in talks for a couple of weeks now over the player.
They want to offload the player in order to raise funds, after they went out of the Champions League early.
Cunha is way down the pecking order at the Wanda Metropolitano, and has struggled for starts this season.
His move to the club from Hertha Berlin hasn’t really worked out.
He’s shown flashes of his talent, but he’s been unable to live up to his billing.
Cunha is now set to move on from Atleti, with reports in Spain having suggested a move to Wolves is on the cards.
Lopetegui was asked by Marca about how he intends to change the dynamic at Wolves, and he replied: “Convincing the guys that they have much more capacity. We will also try to improve the team in the January market – Cunha (Atletico) is close. The assemblies are built from behind. You have to be solid.
“We have played well in places where the incidence is lower. We have to improve our performance in the areas, although defense is the most important. And from there do more damage. It’s not easy. There is a lot of equality in the Premier League. There are 12 teams of an even level.”
We will seemingly find out soon just how accurate that particular claim was.
An encouraging claim from Julen Lopetegui as Wolves close in on Matheus Cunha
This is an encouraging comment from Lopetegui.
The transfer window doesn’t open for another 11 days, so to hear Wolves are closing in on a player already is great.
It is really important for Wolves to be efficient in the coming weeks regarding player recruitment.
There is no time to waste.
Wolves are in a precarious position, and Lopetegui needs his new faces in as soon as possible so they can settle and make an impact.
Cunha could be an exciting signing. He is versatile, plays with flair, and is someone who could get more out of the other attacking players.