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Leeds: Brenden Aaronson deal close

Leeds: Brenden Aaronson deal close -Leeds United News

Leeds United are closing in on a deal for RB Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson after securing their Premier League status. 

The lowdown

Leeds’ 2-1 victory over Brentford on Sunday, in conjunction with Burnley’s 2-1 defeat against Newcastle United, saw the Whites avoid relegation.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville referred to Jack Harrison’s winner at The Brentford Community Stadium as a ‘£100million goal‘ given the financial rewards associated with PL football.

Manager Jesse Marsch can now begin preparing for his first transfer window at the club without the cloud of uncertainty hanging over him.

Leeds made two offers for Aaronson in January while Marcelo Bielsa was manager, the second around £20million, but Salzburg stood firm.

Marsch is more than familiar with the player too, having overseen his development at the Red Bull Arena.

The latest

MLS and USMNT ‘insider’ Tom Bogert revealed what he’s heard from ‘sources’ on Sunday evening.

“Sources: With their Premier League survival, Leeds United are finalising a deal to acquire RB Salzburg’s USMNT attacker Brenden Aaronson. Deal around $30million (£23.8million) was previously agreed to, pending relegation. Final steps now.”

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The verdict

Aaronson is an exciting addition for Leeds.

He scored six goals and provided ten assists for the Austrian champions this term, setting up a pair of goals in their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Bayern Munich.

The supremely versatile attacking midfielder, who also has plenty of experience on the left wing and has even appeared on the right flank this term, has just won his second league title, and his sixth trophy overall.

And even though he’s still only 21 years old, Aaronson has already been capped 18 times by the United States, bringing a decorated young career with experience on the top European stage to Yorkshire.

A former coach said ‘he looks like he should be in a boy band’ and is ‘a sweetheart’ but, on the pitch, ‘he’s a killer and he’s relentless’.

In other news, this Leeds star faces a lengthy injury lay-off

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