Matheus Cunha has been one of two Atletico Madrid attackers to leave Wanda Metropolitano in the January transfer window.
The forward joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a loan deal, which was to become permanent should certain clauses be triggered.
According to Vene Casagrande (h/t Fabrizio Romano), it appears Wolves have already activated the option to sign Cunha. The deal, believed to be worth around €50 million, becomes permanent after the attacker features in only three official matches for the club.
Cunha’s deal at Wolves will run until 2027, and Wolves’ exercise of the clause comes in the midst of the Brazilian’s brilliant performance against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, even though the club lost in penalties.
Cunha’s exit from Atletico Madrid could serve as a major economic boost for a club that have been reeling from losses, especially after their elimination from European competitions during the first half of the campaign.
Apart from Cunha, Atletico have sanctioned the exit of Joao Felix, too, with the Portuguese international joining Chelsea on a loan deal.
With Cunha and Felix gone, Atleti have kickstarted their search for attacking reinforcements as well, with the club reportedly keen on securing the services of Memphis Depay. The Barcelona attacker has emerged as the ideal replacement option for Felix.
Atleti and Barcelona are already in conversation over Depay’s potential move to Wanda Metropolitano. But there are certain semantics involved that may hinder the progress of the deal, including the fact that Barça are missing out on two of their forwards – Ferran Torres and Robert Lewandowski – through suspension.
Atletico Madrid, though, have no shortage of alternatives in the market and are exploring other options in their bid to replace not only Felix but also Cunha.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.