Leeds preparing fresh bid for Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson

HAMILTON, ON - JANUARY 30: Brenden Aaronson #11 of the United States dribbles the ball during a 2022 World Cup Qualifying match against Canada at Tim Hortons Field on January 30, 2022 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Leeds United are set to go back in for January transfer window target Brenden Aaronson during the summer, according to Sky Sports.

Florian Plettenburg has suggested the 21-year-old is ready to leave Red Bull Salzburg in the upcoming window, with the Austrian champions willing to let one of their prized assets leave for a potential €30m fee.

Aaronson has been on the whites’ radar for some time and Salzburg rejected bids up to £20m for the American international in the most recent transfer window.

This interest came before new boss Jesse Marsch walked through the door, but the arrival of an American head coach who has also previously managed the player at his current club may be a decisive factor in luring Aaronson to Elland Road.

Aaronson has been in fine form during his first full season in European football, providing 15 goal contributions across all competitions to help Salzburg romp away once more with the Austrian Bundesliga crown and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time, where he assisted both goals in an eventual 8-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich.

A chance to test his metal in a more major league seems a logical progression for Aaronson’s career and Leeds could certainly do with his creativity for next season as with 8 games to go in 2021/22 they sit on 34 goals scored, just over half the 62 they bagged during their returning season to the top-flight.

Plettenburg suggests the negotiations for the American are currently ongoing between the two clubs and that with no release clause in place in his current contract, Leeds are seemingly in a strong position to finally land their man over the summer.

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