Romano claims Everton tried to sign Matheus Cunha
Fabrizio Romano has told The Here We Go Podcast that Everton tried to hijack Atletico Madrid’s move for Matheus Cunha before the forward completed his switch to Spain.
Cunha joined Atleti in a deal that could cost Diego Simeone’s side £25.8 million.
It comes after a campaign in which the Brazilian scored seven goals in the Bundesliga for Hertha Berlin. He also contributed four assists.
He is a player who can play almost anywhere across the forward line. And he will now be hoping to help Atletico defend their La Liga title.
But perhaps, events could have played out differently.
Romano has suggested that Everton made a last-ditch attempt to snatch Cunha from under Atletico’s noses.
“They were trying to hijack the deal with Atletico Madrid because Atletico Madrid had this deal for Cunha in place for days and days, but they were not signing because they were waiting for the right moment,” he told The Here We Go Podcast.
“And in this two or three days of waiting and seeing what happens, Everton with Rafa Benitez, they were trying to hijack the deal.
“They made a proposal to the player. They had a really serious intention to sign Matheus Cunha. But the player was really happy to join Atletico Madrid.”
Cunha move would have been huge surprise from Everton after quiet summer
Pragmatic is probably the word that describes much of Everton’s window.
Issues remain. Fans are concerned about the lack of depth in both full-back roles, with Niels Nkounkou leaving on loan on deadline day.
But there is no question that they were shrewd when it came to bringing players in.
The likes of Asmir Begovic, Andros Townsend, Salomon Rondon and Demarai Gray have all arrived for little or no transfer fee.
So a late move for Cunha would have been a huge shock.
It would have been an incredibly exciting deal. The youngster clearly has a frightening amount of potential. And he could be an international teammate of Richarlison’s for years to come.
It would have also been a huge statement. Atletico won the Spanish title last year. And they can offer Champions League football.
So bringing him to Goodison Park would have been quite something.