Matheus Cunha (r.) has joined Hertha Berlin from RB Leipzig on a long-term deal. - © imago images
Matheus Cunha (r.) has joined Hertha Berlin from RB Leipzig on a long-term deal. - © imago images
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Matheus Cunha joins Hertha Berlin from RB Leipzig

Hertha Berlin have bolstered their attacking options with the acquisition of Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha from RB Leipzig.

Cunha, a versatile attacking player who recently won the 2019 Bundesliga Goal of the Year award for his stunning turn and chipped finish against Bayer Leverkusen last April, has found first-team opportunities at the Red Bull Arena hard to come by despite his obvious talent.

With Timo Werner and latterly Patrik Schick hogging the attacking places in Julian Nagelsmann's preferred starting line up so far this season, Cunha has been restricted to 10 Bundesliga appearances, eight of them off the bench. Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz, for one, is excited by his acquisition.

Watch: Matheus Cunha's Goal of the Year 2019 winner

"Matheus is a young player with enormous potential, who has already shown his impressive skills," he told the club's official website. "He can play up front or deeper, so he gives us options."

The 20-year-old is currently with the Brazil U23 team in Armenia - alongside Bayer Leverkusen's Paulinho and Augsburg's Iago - as they look to ensure qualification to next summer's 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Cunha is Hertha's fourth major signing of the winter transfer window, following the acquisitions of Santiago Ascacibar from VfB Stuttgart and Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan, as well as Lucas Tousart, who will arrive in the summer from Lyon.