Forget Pedro Neto, the loss of a Wolves “outstanding” player would be a fatal blow to Gary O'Neil

Gary O'Neil could lose one of his key players this summer as a Wolves star is linked with a move away from Molineux.

There are hopes that Wolves' transfer window this summer will offer more than just departures as Gary O'Neil looks for key reinforcements.

The Englishman took over after the squad was decimated last summer due to the financial crisis and numerous departures and Molineux now needed new faces.

While a number of players have been linked with a possible move to the Midlands, there has also been speculation about the possible departure of some players, most recently Matheus Cunha.

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Manchester United is interested in signing Matheus Cunha

It has been reported that Manchester United are looking to sign Matheus Cunha this summer. This would be a surprising departure for the “Old Gold”.

The Mirror reported that the Red Devils had “continuously targeted” the Brazilian last summer, adding that the 25-year-old is a player United “would love to recruit” given how Erik ten Hag rates his strikers.

The report concludes by claiming that United would double the striker's wages to “persuade” Cunha to move, while Wolves would understandably “resist any attempt”.

Pedro Neto is considered Arsenal's biggest target and other Molineux stars have also been mentioned as potential departures, so it is highly unlikely that O'Neil is interested in a player as important as Cunha.

The loss of Cunha would be worse for Gary O'Neil than the loss of Pedro Neto

After joining Molineux from Atletico Madrid in January 2023, Cunha took his time getting used to the Premier League and came back to life under O'Neil in the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian, who earns £60,000-a-week, contributed to 19 Premier League goals for Wolves, according to Sofascore, and showed greater confidence as he played in O'Neil's system, becoming an integral part of the team.

Alan Shearer described Cunha as “outstanding” for his form at Old Gold during the season, adding that he looked like a “completely different player” in the new head coach's team.

Given the importance the Brazilian international has acquired for Wolves and the key role O'Neil's coaching has played in developing his game, it would be a huge loss for the Midlands club to part ways with the striker this summer.

Cunha may not be the most prolific player, but his direct approach is crucial to Wolves' attack. No other player at the club can dribble better than the 25-year-old, averaging two goals per game (according to WhoScored).

The uniqueness and sheer quality that the former Atletico outsider possesses would be incredibly difficult to replace, making him arguably the club's most irreplaceable attacker.

Neto's threat on the flanks will also be difficult to replace, but the Old Gold have shown that they can cope without the Portuguese international's presence given their terrible injury history.

It is highly unlikely that O'Neil would agree to a transfer for Cunha, given the striker's importance to Wolves' style of play under the manager.

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