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Club chief says he is ‘glad’, as barrier to exciting Leeds transfer hits home

Hertha Berlin sporting director Fredi Bobic says that he is “glad” that Leeds target Matheus Cunha does not have a release clause.

The Brazilian forward caught the eye this season with his standout performances in the Bundesliga. He made 27 appearances, scoring seven goals and assisting six others. As such, reports have claimed that Leeds have registered interest in signing him. However, the same claims have disagreed over his transfer fee.

One claim said that Cunha would be available for €30million (£26million).

According to German outlet Kicker, though, Hertha have increased that figure to €36million (£31million).

In any case, Cunha has four years left on his contract heading into the summer transfer window.

As a result, Hertha can afford to ask for a premium fee for their star man, something Bobic has pointed out. Nevertheless, he admitted that he remains unsure about the player’s plans.

Speaking via Goal at a press conference on Tuesday, Bobic said: “I’m glad he’s with us and doesn’t have a [release] clause.

“Whether he will play the future with us, we’ll have to see. I can’t say right now whether he’s happy that he wants to stay here.”

Cunha has previously revealed his admiration for the Premier League and said he wants to play in the English top flight one day.

The 22-year-old told Yellow and Green Football in 2019: “The Premier League now is one of the biggest leagues in world football.

“Without a doubt I have the desire to play there one day.”

Leeds looking at attacking transfers

Cunha is one of a few players reportedly on Leeds‘ shortlist to add to their attack.

Indeed, Club Brugge winger Noa Lang is a target and, like Cunha, uncertainty remains over his future in Belgium – despite him signing a permanent deal after a loan from Ajax.

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He said recently: “I can’t promise anything. I don’t know what’s going to happen this summer.

“If I stay, it will be with all my love.”

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