Leeds United are refusing to give up in their pursuit of Brenden Aaronson, with a club oracle revealing the Whites’ plans in the event of missing his signing.
The Whites have been chasing Aaronson for much of the January transfer window. They are yet to make a senior signing in the mid-season market. But they have been focusing their energies on the midfielder.
Aaronson is a USA international who has been turning heads since joining RB Salzburg in January 2021.
One year on, he has helped his current club to an Austrian double and is amassing Champions League experience this term. In all competitions for 2021-22, he has made 26 appearances, scored three goals and provided seven assists.
Leeds are craving a new midfielder, since they suffer from a lack of depth in the position. It was an area they failed to fully address in the summer.
Now, as they look over their shoulders in the Premier League table, it would be beneficial for them to bolster Marcelo Bielsa’s ranks mid-season if they can find the right deal.
That deal may not be one for Aaronson, though. Reports have revealed their bids so far have been rejected. Although they may try their luck again, they may have to wait until the summer.
Aaronson himself has also recently broken his silence on Leeds’ interest in him, laying out why he’s keeping a cool head.
However, Leeds are refusing to lay down and will continue asking the question until the window closes on Monday.
“Leeds United remain in talks to sign RB Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson, the player is keen on the move,” Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth stated on Monday night.
Brenden Aaronson is Leeds’ prime target
The Athletic’s Phil Hay, meanwhile, says Leeds look likely to end the month quietly should a move for Aaronson fail.
Revealing the latest, Hay stated: “Leeds’ prime target is Brenden Aaronson, the United States international at Red Bull Salzburg.
“They have submitted two bids for him but neither has been accepted. Leeds have a week to decide whether or not to try to force the issue.
Leeds ready to try again for Brenden Aaronson
Bielsa's side saw opening bid worth £15m rejected by Salzburg
“One way or another, Leeds want Aaronson at Elland Road. But they are willing to wait until the summer to sign him if Salzburg maintain their stance that he is not for sale in this window.
“Aaronson is very interested in a move to England but Salzburg are under no pressure to let him go. If the Aaronson move doesn’t materialise, a quiet end to January is likely at Leeds.”
Leeds transfer chances played down
If comments from CEO Angus Kinnear are anything to go by, Leeds may not be making more signings after all.
Writing in his programme notes for the Newcastle game recently, Kinnear explained Leeds’ stance.
“In blooding Lewis Bate and Leo Hjelde, Marcelo broke a divisional record by having handed eight teenagers their debuts in a single season.
“While this has led to some factions understandably bemoaning a perceived lack of strength in depth in our squad, it promises an extremely bright future for our great club.
“This strategy clearly impacts on our evaluation of transfer targets. Our analysis indicates that many January options require an eight-figure investment. And these would not be a material improvement on the current performances of emerging players such as Bate, Hjelde and Joe Gelhardt.
“Moreover, signing other options would block such youngsters’ development. And they would offer nowhere near the same long-term potential.
“Simultaneously any January activity has an opportunity cost on more optimal moves in the summer window.
“As a board, we have always tried to be transparent with supporters. We believe that it is better if our recruitment strategy is disagreed with by some fans rather than misunderstood by many.”