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Transfer: Cristiano Ronaldo for Matheus Cunha?

Cristiano Ronaldo for Matheus Cunha? Man Utd and Atletico begin talks as Ten Hag seeks solution for wantaway superstar

August 15, 2022 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Talks are said to be underway for Manchester United to find a solution for Ronaldo who is keen on moving away.

Manchester United are close to signing Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid, with speculations suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo could be heading in the opposite direction. Reports from Spain and the UK have stated that the Red Devils have made progress in their bid to sign the Brazilian from the La Liga club, and his arrival expected to facilitate Ronaldo's exit from Old Trafford.

After last season's dismal performance which led United to miss out on Champions League football this season, the club has started the new campaign on another poor note. On Saturday, new boss Erik ten Hag became the first manager in the club's history to record successive defeats in his first two games of the season, after a disappointing performance at Brentford saw the Red Devils suffer a 4-0 humiliation.

In his post-match remarks, the Dutch coach lashed out at the team, and even suggested that the club needed more recruitment in order to properly compete. Having only signed Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez from the Eredivise, coupled with the arrival of Christian Eriksen as a free agent, the Old Trafford outfit has stalled in its pursuit to add more quality players to their ranks. Having been linked with a move for Frenkie de Jong throughout the summer, it remains unclear if the Dutchman will join the club considering the fact that he has constantly iterated his desire to stay at Barcelona.

As seen in the defeats to both Brighton and Brentford, United's woes in the midfield and attacker lingers and a new report suggests that the club is ready to take action on the latter before the transfer window shuts close as pressure mounts on the board and owners. According to talkSPORT, the Red Devils have opened talks with the representatives of Matheus Cunha and have made progress in their bid to secure his service. The player is reportedly valued around 50M pounds by Atletico Madrid but a compromise is expected to made for the deal to go through.

Meanwhile, in an isolated development, Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to seal a move to Atletico should Cunha's transfer be completed. The Portuguese superstar's purported move back to Madrid is gaining traction but both transfers are said to be mutually exclusive. Despite featuring in Manchester United's first two games of the season, the 37-year-old forward has constantly reiterated his desire to leave Old Trafford just 12 months after his return. His camp, led by his agent Jorge Mendes, are still actively looking for a solution to get him out of the club as soon as possible and a potential transfer to join Diego Simeone is seemingly feasible.

Per the account of Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the Argentine coach is keen on bringing the former Real Madrid superstar to Wanda Metropolitano despite the idea being opposed by the club's fanbase. According to the Atleti boss, he envisages the United forward to have the same impact as Luis Suárez and is willing to leverage the excellent relationship Jorge Mendes has with the club to bring him back to La Liga.

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