Leeds sign Salzburg USMNT star Brenden Aaronson as Marsch brings in a famous face

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Leeds United have agreed a deal to sign Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson after Jesse Marsch grabbed his former club midfielder.

Reports have indicated that Aaronson will cost Leeds around £ 24.7 million (€ 29 million) when the transfer officially goes through on 1 July.

He has committed to a five-year contract and will strengthen Leeds’ midfield after the Premier League team avoided relegation on the final day of the season thanks to a win at Brentford.

Former Philadelphia Union player Aaronson, 21, has earned 18 international appearances for the United States and scored five goals for his country.

He came to Salzburg in January 2021, fresh after being named in the MLS Best XI for the previous season, and had a key role when head coach Marsch’s team finished a Bundesliga and cup double.

While Marsch moved on to RB Leipzig at the end of that season and later arrived at Leeds, Aaronson stayed in Salzburg and helped Matthias Jaissle’s team reach the last 16 of the Champions League.

Salzburg also landed another national double, and Aaronson believes the time has come to move on to bigger things.

He told Salzburg’s website: “I can hardly believe it was only a year and a half I spent playing for FC Red Bull Salzburg.

“This big step from my home country in the US to Europe was made extremely easy for everyone in the club, from the players, the coaches and all the staff and I had a great time here. Getting to Salzburg was the best decision I could have made !

“After our strong performance in the Champions League and having won the double, it’s the perfect time for me now to move to a new and really big league.”

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