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Leeds transfer news: Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson signs five-year contract | Soccer News

Leeds transfer news: Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson signs five-year contract | Soccer News

Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson has signed for Leeds United on a five-year contract.

Sky Sports News understands the 21-year-old joined for a fee of €29m (£24.7m). The move will be completed on July 1.

Aaronson made 41 appearances in all competitions for Salzburg last season, providing 10 assists and scoring six goals, helping the club win the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup for the second consecutive season.

Leeds first attempted to sign the United States international during the January transfer window. Aaronson is primarily an attacking midfielder, but he’s also capable of playing in a range of roles, and it’s his versatility that will excite head coach Jesse Marsch.

In January 2021, the midfielder completed a move to Red Bull Salzburg from the Philadelphia Union for an undisclosed fee, linking up with Marsch, who was in charge of the Austrian side at the time.

He played 24 times in all competitions, scoring seven goals, helping Marsch and Salzburg to the Austrian league and cup double.

As well as bagging a second Austrian double last season, Aaronson also featured 10 times in the Champions League, helping Salzburg reach the knockout stages of the tournament.

In the coming weeks, he will join the United States national team for their matches against Morocco, Uruguay, Grenada and El Salvador.

The transfer is subject to the necessary international authorization and a work permit.

“It’s a dream to be here”

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Brenden Aaronson says his move from Salzburg to Leeds United and the Premier League is a “dream come true”.

Aaronson said Sky Sports News“I like to say I was a football addict growing up watching Premier League games, it’s a dream to be here.

“I had to play with my team and give it my all with Red Bull Salzburg and give them everything I had for the rest of the season. I was focused on that but I was also looking at the Leeds results and the latter had me I sweat a little.

“He [Marsch] was definitely a factor, but in general the club was just a huge attraction for me. What’s the size, the history, the fans, the team, it’s a dream place for me.”

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