LEEDS have agreed to sign attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson from Red Bull Salzburg for £25m.
The American star is Elland Road Club’s first signing this summer after they dramatically weathered relegation on the final day.
Aaronson, 21, will join his new club on July 1 after signing a five-year contract in Yorkshire, provided he receives international clearance and a work permit.
The delighted star posed for photos in his new training kit with an iconic white, blue and yellow scarf on Thursday after completing his medical.
Aaronson said: “It’s great here. Me and my girlfriend were in the car looking around. It is beautiful and we are really looking forward to living here.
“It’s a huge, historic club and it’s everything I’ve always wanted to be a part of.
The feeling I got from Victor (Orta), the club in general, the fans, the players – I think it suits me perfectly.”
But before he goes to work with Leeds, he will reunite with his national team for the forthcoming games against Morocco, Uruguay, Grenada and El Salvador.
The attacking midfielder made 41 appearances in all competitions for Salzburg last season, providing ten assists and scoring six goals.
He helped the club win the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup for the second consecutive year and progress to the last 16 of the Champions League, providing both assists in the 8-2 aggregate defeat by Bayern Munich.
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And the 18-cap USA international also helped his country qualify for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
Now he’s hoping to catch up with his compatriot Jesse Marsch in his first season in England.
The pair worked together for the first six months of 2021 before Marsch joined sister club RB Leipzig in Germany.
But the manager knows all about Aaronson’s talents, having watched him in MLS and then brought him to Europe.
He can play central or wide and has made a name for himself with his dribbling and passing quality.
And the former Philadelphia Union ace will also be ready to accept Marsch’s high-intensity pressing without possession.
Aaronson added to Leeds Live: “It’s a really good feeling. It wasn’t just Jesse that made me come here, but the club in general.
“But being reunited with Jesse and working under him – I feel like my game has gotten a huge boost under him in the first half year.
“I feel like I got goals and assists and played at a high level under him.
“I didn’t know Jesse before Salzburg, but we have a good relationship – and not just because we’re both Americans!”
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