Leeds United are ‘intensifying contact’ with Hertha Berlin star Matheus Cunha ahead of a move in the summer.

That’s according to Kicker, who say that Cunha’s future at the Bundesliga club is ‘by no means guaranteed’ despite signing a new deal this season.

Leeds have been named as suitors for Cunha in recent weeks, with it claimed they had been following him since trying to sign him in January.

Reports today in Germany indicated that they are facing a battle to get a deal done as Hertha had secretly improved Cunha’s contract this season and, in the process, made the Brazilian much harder to sign.

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Kicker pick up that thread in their coverage today and state that Leeds are ‘intensifying contact’ with Cunha about a potential move, despite him becoming more expensive for any interested parties.

Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa had already made contact with Cunha in the January transfer market, and now they are ‘intensifying’ that their ‘courtship’.

That doesn’t mean Cunha is up for sale, but Hertha want to make money if he does after paying €18m to sign him from RB Leipzig in January last year.

If a club were to offer twice that amount, therefore around €36m, the player, whose coach Pál Dárdai labelled a ‘genius’, would ‘probably leave’ the Bundesliga side.