RB Salzburg attacker Brenden Aaronson would be interested in a move to Leeds United in the summer, says transfer insider Pete O’Rourke.
The Whites failed in their attempts to sign him last month, but O’Rourke thinks the 21-year-old is open to the idea of joining a Premier League club.
What happened in the last transfer window?
Leeds made a real effort to sign Aaronson in January but could not persuade Salzburg to sell in the end.
Leeds’ failure to land Aaronson meant they did not sign a single player last month, with manager Marcelo Bielsa clearly preferring to wait for the American to become available instead of signing an alternative.
As per The Athletic’s Phil Hay, the Argentine will return for him in the summer, where it may be easier to do a deal given that Salzburg will not be in the middle of their Champions League or domestic campaign.
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What has O’Rourke said about Aaronson’s future?
O’Rourke thinks Aaronson’s future could be at Leeds, with the football journalist telling GIVEMESPORT that the USA international is interested in a move to England.
Speaking to GMS, O’Rourke said: “It seems the player himself would be interested in a move to the Premier League.”
Did Leeds make the right decision not signing an alternative?
Yes. Aaronson seems to be the player Bielsa really wants, so why settle for a back-up option if the attacking midfielder is likely to be available in six months time?
On top of that, in terms of the attacking positions behind the striker, Leeds are not in dire need of a fresh face. Bielsa currently has the likes of Raphinha and Dan James at disposal, with the latter recently grabbing a brace against Aston Villa.
The two, wingers by trade, play a bit wider than Aaronson, who has mostly been deployed as a No.10 this season. But the point is Leeds have good options in attack overall, so there was no need for them to panic buy last month after failing to sign their primary target.
Ultimately, Bielsa should have enough to get him to the end of the campaign, though Leeds do find themselves a bit too close to the relegation zone so need to be careful.