Wolves are reportedly leading the race for Matheus Cunha ahead of Aston Villa.
That is according to the Daily Express, who say the Villans face the prospect of being left behind.
Wolves are said to be ‘close’ to striking a deal with Atleti. Although there is still no word yet what kind of deal it would be.
But it has been mentioned a few times now that Atleti are really in need of cash.
The Spanish giants crashed out of the Champions League at the group stages this season, which has meant a financial hit.
Cunha is seen as a means of raising a decent amount of cash, considering he still has a contract with the club until 2026.
Wolves are in pole position right now. But it is possible Villa may try and come a bit stronger for Cunha.
Villa, of course, are now managed by Unai Emery. Like Julen Lopetegui, he has been well placed to watch Cunha in La Liga.
It remains to be seen which of the Premier League’s new Spanish duo will get their man. Certainly right now, it does seem like the player is Lopetegui’s to lose.
Wolves must beat Aston Villa to Matheus Cunha signing in January
So Wolves are ahead of Villa at the moment in the race to sign Cunha.
And now Wolves’ new recruitment team of Fran Garagarza, Matt Hobbs and Lopetegui himself must work to close this deal.
It would be very embarrassing if Villa went and sign Cunha from here.
Cunha, 23, hasn’t had a lot of game time this season but he’s a talented player, who has been likened to Roberto Firmino.
And former Hertha Berlin sporting director Michael Preetz previously branded him ‘a young player with enormous potential (via Bundesliga official).
He is someone that can really improve Wolves in the finally third. He could potentially play up top in a two with either Raul Jimenez or Diego Costa.