Final fee revealed as Leeds United edge big step nearer to first summer signing

Brenden Aaronson transfer. Jesse Marsch, Leeds United manager very much keen. The boss is pictured here during Premier League game against Leicester

Leeds United are reportedly making strong steps towards the summer capture of Brenden Aaronson with talks gathering pace over his signing.

The Whites pushed hard to sign the USA international during the January window, seeing not one, but two bids rejected. At the time, RB Salzburg were reluctant to cash in on the player mid season, particularly with a big Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on the horizon.

Indeed, Leeds United saw an initial £15m offer rejected, before raising that bid to £20m. That too, ultimately, was not enough to convince the Austrians to sell.

However, with Victor Orta travelling to Salzburg for talks, Leeds have made it plainly clear their desire to sign Aaronson. And sources told TEAMtalk back in January there is a strong belief he will make the move to Elland Road.

Furthermore, the move to Leeds is one that Aaronson himself is understood to be keen to make. While he has gained Champions League experience in Austria, a move to the Premier League with Leeds reportedly very much appeals to the 21-year-old.

Now, Football Insider has veried our claims by stating a deal to take Aaronson to Leeds is gathering pace.

Citing a recruitment source, they understand Aaronson very much remains Leeds’ No 1 target.

Leeds ready to try again for Brenden Aaronson

Bielsa's side saw opening bid worth £15m rejected by Salzburg

Furthermore, they state the final fee is likely to be in the region of £21m – £25m.

In addition, 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’s looking increasingly likely to become their first signing this summer.

To further underline Leeds’ interest in Aaronson, the player was even name-checked by manager Jesse Marsch earlier this week.

“I can tell you the whole talk with Brenden Aaronson, this 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 about him before and came to me before he even came, and then we worked together to think this 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 has 60 appearances for Salzburg now under his belt. His record for the Austrians reads 12 goals and 15 assists.

And that record of a goal involvement 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.