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Atlético rake in €50M from Cunha deal

The Brazilian forward had a purchase clause written into his loan contract that would be triggered after he played three games.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Matheus Cunha of Wolverhampton Wanderers arrives at the stadium prior to the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on January 07, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)
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Matheus Cunha is already, officially, a Wolves player by all accounts. As AS had announced, the loan operation which takes the player from Atlético to the Premier League includes a mandatory purchase clause for which the Rojiblancos would obtain 50 million euros. However, a technicality had to be fulfilled for this to be activated automatically - that the Brazilian participated in a minimum of three games with his new club, as the journalist Venê Casagrande announced and confirmed by AS.

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That part of the contract has already been fulfilled - just that 12 days after the player was officially registered. Cunha took part in the Premier League game against Aston Villa, in the FA Cup against Liverpool and yesterday in the EFL Carabao Cup against Nottingham Forest. The Brazilian has also added a couple of assists to his tally for the season in his attempt to persuade Julen Lopetegui to hand him a regular starting place. With Atlético this season, he was involved in the moves that led to two goals, without managing to score at all himself in 17 games as a Rojiblanco.

The 23-year-old was very disappointed to be left out of Tite’s Brazil squad for the World Cup and his few opportunities, lack of harmony with Simeone together with Atleti’s own economic needs prompted him to look for a departure in the January window. His great friend João Félix has followed in his footsteps, although in his case on loan without a purchase option. The Portuguese forward will return to Madrid when his loan deal with Chelsea ends in June. Atlético needed income this January to cover their losses and tidy up their accounts and thanks to Matheus Cunha, their finances are already looking much healthier.


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