A recent report to emerge from Italy has suggested Leeds’ interest in the 22-year-old will be tested by Russian outfit Zenit this transfer window.
Cunha is currently away with Brazil in their efforts to earn gold in the Olympics as speculation surrounding his future continues to be whipped up by his agent.
However, discussing the Yorkshire club’s reported interest in the Brazilian, McGilligan had the following to say on where he feels Leeds stand in the transfer saga.
“From what I understand, he’s on a long list. But Leeds have never really gone there and approached him and his representatives at all, to be quite honest with you.
“And it looks like his valuation would be £21.3m. He had a brilliant season last season. It looks like he’s going to be a high-profile player. For me, I’ve said this numerous times, it’s going to follow the Rodrigo de Paul saga.”