Leeds United have been backed to sign RB Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson this summer because of the seemingly imminent appointment of Jesse Marsch.
The Lowdown: Marsch on the verge of replacing Bielsa
Marcelo Bielsa was relieved of his duties as Whites manager on Sunday after a poor run of form, in what was a sad day at Elland Road.
It looks as though former RB Leipzig and Salzburg boss is now almost certain to replace the Argentine, with reports on Monday saying that the deal could be completed later today.
Should the American arrive in Yorkshire, it could be the case that his compatriot and former Salzburg player Aaronson joins as well, having been strongly linked with a move to Leeds in recent months.
The Latest: Aaronson backed for summer Leeds move
Speaking to GiveMeSport, journalist Dean Jones stated his belief that Aaronson could head to Elland Road in the summer if his former Salzburg boss is appointed as Bielsa’s successor.
The reporter said of the 21-year-old: “I think if Marsch were to go to Leeds, he would jump at the chance to do so.”
The Verdict: First-choice target?
It makes perfect sense for Marsch to bring Aaronson with him to Leeds, having clearly valued him during his time at Salzburg and the 21-year-old starting all seven of his team’s Champions League games this season.
An attacking midfielder who could bring lots of guile to the Whites’ game in the middle of the park – he has averaged 1.6 key passes per game in the Champions League this season, bettered only by Raphinha at Elland Road – the youngster would appear to be a tailor-made addition if Leeds can persuade him to join.
Aaronson would likely have been a transfer target even if Bielsa had stayed put, but the expected arrival of Marsch only seems to increase the chances of him switching to Leeds, given the duo’s prior working relationship.
In other news, a key Jesse Marsch update emerged on Monday. Read more here.
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