U.S. men’s national team and Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson has been successful during his time in Austria, but one of the English Premier League’s historic clubs is reportedly aiming to sway him away this January.
Leeds United recently submitted a bid of £15 million ($20.3 million) for Aaronson, but it was rejected by Red Bull Salzburg, according to a report from The Athletic. The Yorkshire club “remain intent” on signing Aaronson this month, according to the report.
Aaronson has been one of the most consistent USMNT players in Europe this year, helping Red Bull Salzburg to a current first place spot in the Austrian Bundesliga table. The 21-year-old has registered three goals and seven assists for Matthias Jaissle’s side in 26 combined appearances this season.
Red Bull Salzburg is heading into the Champions League Round of 16 against Bayern Munich on March 8 after finishing second in Group G. Aaronson played in all six UCL group stage games, totaling over 500 minutes of action in the European competition.
Aaronson’s success hasn’t just been at club level, with the New Jersey native excelling in his time with the USMNT. Aaronson totaled four goals and three assists during the 2021 calendar year, in addition to joining Tyler Adams as the only USMNT players to start every match of World Cup Qualifying.
Leeds United sits in 15th place in the EPL table with 22 points earned through 20 matches. Marcelo Bielsa’s squad has won back-to-back league matches for the first time this season, most recently using a Jack Harrison hat trick to defeat West Ham United 3-2.
Red Bull Salzburg remains on winter break in Austria, with its league schedule set to resume on February 11.