With back-to-back defeats, the Red Devils have had a disastrous start to the Premier League. They were recently humiliated by Brentford, who defeated them 4-0.
This could persuade United’s management to make additional deals before the transfer deadline, and Romano confirms that communication has been made between United and Cunha’s agents.
United has not made a direct approach to Atletico Madrid for the player. With a price tag of more than £42 million, the Spanish outfit is hoping to make a tidy profit off the Brazilian.
Our take: United are expected to prioritize boosting their offensive during the next two weeks, having yet to find the back of the net this season, save for an own goal from Brighton.
Cunha has been highlighted as a Red Devils target. Last season, the 23-year-old had a remarkable seven goals and eight assists in 1342 minutes of action.
This equates to one goal per 89 minutes, which is rather remarkable given that he also missed one month of the season for Atletico Madrid due to a knee injury.
With more starts, the Brazilian might develop into a fantastic goal contributor. United manager Erik ten Hag may prefer a player like Cunha, who has plenty of space for development.
The major question is whether United is willing to pay the £42 million-plus asking price. Atletico signed him for £23 million last summer and expects a large return from his sale.
Atletico Madrid’s interest in Cristiano Ronaldo could work in United’s favor. The club is prepared to part ways with the Portuguese player before the transfer window closes.
If Ronaldo is willing to take a pay reduction, he may operate as a makeweight to convince Cunha to join United for a lower sum.