Atletico Madrid aren’t worried about the prospect of losing Matheus Cunha this summer as speculation rages over potential interest from Manchester United.
Several outlets have claimed that the Red Devils have sent the Spanish side an offer for the 23-year-old, but GOAL understands that no contact has been made between the clubs. Cunha remains a key part of Diego Simeone’s plans at Wanda Metropolitano and there are no plans to sell the young forward in the coming weeks.
His release clause, believed to be over €100m ($102m/£84m), is seen as a deterrent to any potential approach.
What is Cunha’s position at Atletico?
The position in the position of the Spanish capital is very simple. Unless a club is ready to meet Cunha’s release clause, he won’t go anywhere.
Every player in Spain must have such a release included in his contract and, in the case of the Brazil international, this clause is supposed to exceed 100 million euros. At this stage of the transfer window, with no meaningful talks with any club, it’s highly unlikely that anyone in Europe will hoard the money to lure Cunha away from Atletico.
This will leave him competing with Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix, Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa for a place in Simeone’s starting XI. Cunha found himself in the pecking order for Atletico’s season-opening win over Getafe but came off the bench.
Manchester United’s remaining options
A wildly unlikely Cunha chase leaves Manchester United scrambling to bring an attacking player to the club by the end of the transfer window. Of course, much depends on the future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has indicated he wants to leave the club this month.
OBJECTIVE understands Manchester United have Hakim Ziyech, Cody Gakpo and Antony on their radar.