Aaronson will join Leeds from Salzburg on a 5-year deal


American midfielder Brenden Aaronson will move to Leeds on July 1 after a season and a half with Red Bull Salzburg.

Leeds said on Thursday they had accepted a transfer with the Austrian club. Aaronson, a 21-year-old from Medford, New Jersey, will have a five-year contract through the 2026-27 season.

Aaronson joined Salzburg from Major League Soccer Philadelphia Union. Jesse Marsch was then coach of Salzburg, left at the end of the season for RB Leipzigthen was fired in December and became Leeds manager in February.

Leeds won 2-1 at Brentford in their season finale last Sunday to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Aaronson scored six goals and 10 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions last season as Salbzurg won their ninth consecutive league title and fourth consecutive Austrian Cup. He has five goals in 18 international appearances and is on the USA roster for four World Cup warm-up matches next month.

Among the Americans, Aaronson joins striker Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), goalkeepers Zack Steffen (Manchester City) and Matt Turner (Arsenal) and defenders Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream (Fulham) in the Premier League next season.

His 18-year-old brother, Paxtenis a midfielder with the Union.

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