Leeds United could announce the Brenden Aaronson transfer as early as Thursday with the player understood to be in England for his medical.
The USA midfielder has been on Leeds’ radar for some months, with the Whites seeing two January bids rejected. Salzburg were unwilling to do business mid-season, especially with a Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on the radar. However, in travelling to Austria, director of football, Victor Orta, is understood to have secured a transfer agreement.
As such, we understand a £24m deal was agreed between the clubs at that meeting, going through once the season ended. That was, of course, subject to Leeds’ Premier League survival; something they only confirmed on a dramatic final day.
That was followed up by more reports on Tuesday, revealing Leeds now have a ‘total agreement’ in place to sign the Salzburg star.
Now, MLS expert Tom Bogert claims Aaronson will undergo a medical with Leeds on Thursday. And if all goes to plan, Leeds may announce his deal later in the day.
Brenden Aaronson transfer is third biggest in Leeds history
Leeds are understood to be paying Salzburg a £24m fee for the player. The deal will make Aaronson the third biggest signing in United’s history. He will also become the first permanent midfield signing at Elland Road since Adam Forshaw in January 2018.
Initial reports suggest Aaronson will be signing a five-year deal at Leeds, though reports in Austria claims his contract will be for three years.
Either way, all parties are seemingly in a hurry to get the deal done.
Bogert reports that Aaronson wants his signing concluded before he jets off to join USMNT for friendlies against Morocco and Uruguay. USA then play Nations League matches against Grenada and El Salvador
Aaronson appeared in 41 matches for Salzburg this season, scoring six times and adding 10 assists.
After a short break, he will likely join up with his club and meet his new teammates for pre-season training at the start of July.
Orta working on more Leeds signings
Leeds United are seemingly in a hurry to get their business done quickly this summer.
Indeed, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Orta is working on a number of other potential signings.
While not revealing any names, one of those is understood to be a striker.
United struggled badly this season in the ongoing absence of Patrick Bamford. Indeed, he featured in just 560 minutes of Premier League football for Leeds this season.
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And while wingers Raphinha (11) and Jack Harrison (10) contributed their fair share of goals, a lack of presence in attack was obvious for all to see.
Dan James did his best to fill in there when required. However, the Wales winger was only able to finish the season with four goals.
As such, it’s little surprise to see Orta looking to find cover in an area which has proved so troublesome for Leeds.