Leeds United have reportedly taken big steps towards the summer capture of Brenden Aaronson, with talks gathering pace over his signing.
Los Blancos pushed hard to sign the USA international in the January window, seeing not one, but two offers rejected. At the time, RB Salzburg were reluctant to capitalize on the player mid-season, especially with a big Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on the horizon.
In effect, Leeds United saw an initial offer of £15m rejected, before increasing that offer to £20m. This too, in the end, was not enough to convince the Austrians to sell.
However, with Victor Orta traveling to Salzburg for talks, Leeds have made their desire to sign Aaronson clear. And sources told TEAMtalk in January there was a strong belief he would move to Elland Road.
Moreover, the move to Leeds is one that Aaronson himself is believed to want to make. Although he gained Champions League experience in Austria, a move to the Premier League with Leeds would have pleased the 21-year-old very much.
Now, Football Insider verified our claims by stating that a deal to take Aaronson to Leeds is gaining momentum.
Citing a recruiting source, they understand Aaronson remains Leeds’ No.1 target.
Furthermore, they indicate that the final fee will likely be in the range of £21-25m.
Besides, TEAMtalk exclusively revealed this week that Leeds will also target a second American star in Sergino Dest.
Brenden Aaronson draws comments from Jesse Marsch
By all accounts, however, it is Aaronson who is Leeds’ No.1 target this summer. As such, he looks increasingly likely to become their first signing this summer.
To further underline Leeds’ interest in Aaronson, the player was even checked by manager Jesse Marsch earlier this week.
“I can tell you the whole conversation with Brenden Aaronson, it all happened before I even came here,” Marsch said. “Now I know Brenden; I coached him and he’s an American, and I think he’s a great player.
“But even when he came to Salzburg, Salzburg found him or knew him before and came to me before he even came and then we worked together to think he was the right player for us.
“So that’s how I like to work and that’s what I think is really important with scouting.”
Aaronson now has 60 appearances for Salzburg to his name. His record for the Austrians is 12 goals and 15 assists.
And that record involvement in a goal every 2.2 games is clearly one Leeds can benefit from.
Leeds, meanwhile, could find themselves facing an approach from Tottenham for a Whites star following a recommendation to Antonio Conte.