£30m Marsch favourite “will be Leeds target again” this summer

Leeds United will continue to target Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson in the summer window, especially now Jesse Marsch is in charge, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The west Yorkshire outfit attempted to prise the 21-year-old away from the Austrian champions during the winter but were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts.

What is the latest news involving Aaronson?

According to The Athletic, Leeds saw a £15 million bid rejected for Aaronson as they attempted to bolster their attacking options at the halfway point of the season.

The report states that Salzburg were desperate not to lose such an important player ahead of their Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich, while RB Leipzig and AC Milan were also credited with an interest.

Sky Sports then claimed that the Whites increased their offer to £20m for Aaronson, although that offer still fell well short of his reported £30m price tag, meaning he stayed put at the Red Bull Arena.

However, Leeds’s chances of snapping up the USA international may have received a significant boost following Marsch’s arrival as Marcelo Bielsa’s successor at the start of March.

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The 48-year-old tactician handed Aaronson 25 appearances during their time together at Salzburg, with the engine room operator scoring seven goals and providing five assists under his compatriot’s tutelage.

A report in The Athletic last month stated that Aaronson remains a target for the Elland Road side, and they’ll surely be hoping Marsch’s presence can work in their favour.

What has O’Rourke said about Aaronson?

O’Rourke believes Aaronson will be a ‘target again’ when the market reopens following the conclusion of the current campaign.

He told GiveMeSport: “Brendan Aaronson has been a target in the January window; he will be a target again in the summer window, even more so with Jesse Marsch in charge.”

Would Aaronson be a good signing?

Aaronson has established himself as one of the most promising young talents in European football since arriving at Salzburg from boyhood club Philadelphia Union back in January 2021.

Since then, the creative talent has registered 12 goals and 15 assists in 58 appearances for the Austrian giants, securing a domestic double last term.

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As per FBref, Aaronson has also ranked in the 99th percentile for pressures amongst players in his position over the last year, meaning he should be an ideal fit for Marsch’s preferred style of play.

Any deal will surely depend on which division Leeds are playing in next season, though, and maintaining their Premier League status could prove to be pivotal in getting this transfer over the line.

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