Leeds United are among the clubs interested in the services of RB Salzburg’s American sensation Brenden Aaronson.
According to American football journalist Tom Bogert, Leeds United have become the latest club to have been linked with a move for Brenden Aaronson. The RB Salzburg whizkid has become one of the hottest prospects in the market, with AC Milan and RB Leipzig closely following his progress in Austria.
Leeds, too, have now joined the equation as the club continue to scour the market for talented options in the creative department. It appears they are truly ruing the decision of letting Pablo Hernandez leave the club last summer, whereas Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo’s lack of form have led to a disastrous start to the Premier League campaign.
It has accentuated the need for a new playmaker, with the Whites already in the market for a plethora of options, including Manuel Lanzini and Ross Barkley. However, they have been reportedly rebuffed in their attempts to sign Lanzini in January, whereas Barkley’s struggles at Chelsea make him a risky option for the club.
As a result, Leeds United have now set their sights on Aaronson, who has enjoyed stellar success at RB Salzburg. He is considered one of the most talented players in the team that boasts stars such as Karim Adeyemi and Benjamin Sesko.
A product of the Philadelphia Union youth academy, Aaronson moved to Salzburg at the start of the year for just over €5 million. It has proven to be a bargain for the Austrian giants, as the youngster has since notched up 51 competitive appearances, scoring ten goals while providing 12 assists.
An attacking midfielder by trade, the 21-year-old has impressed the onlookers with his dynamic style of play that could make him a tailor-made fit for Marcelo Bielsa’s tactical philosophy. The youngster is also versatile enough to play out wide, while he has also secured 15 caps for his country, scoring five goals.
However, Bogert suggests Aaronson is not available in the January transfer window. It appears the playmaker intends to remain at Salzburg to take part in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages during the second half of the campaign.
The Austrian champions, though, have been drawn against the 2019 champions Liverpool in the Round of 16. Even though a move away from Salzburg is not a possibility in January, Leeds will certainly keep a close eye on the youngster’s performances in the Champions League, knowing a couple of strong performances against the Reds could significantly boost his stock in England.