Leeds United could make a move to bring both Brenden Aaronson and Brennan Johnson to Elland Road this summer.
In a recent interview with Football FanCast, transfer insider and journalist Dean Jones revealed that, should Leeds avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, Victor Orta could sanction a move for both RB Salzburg’s Aaronson and Nottingham Forest’s Johnson in the summer transfer window.
Speaking about the Whites’ interest in the duo, Jones said: “I think they could get both if they stay up because they’re going to be ambitious and they know that the squad needs strengthening in all areas. So, stay up and I think they’ll go for both players.”
Considering how impressive Aaronson and Johnson have been for their respective sides this season, Jones’ suggestion that Orta could launch a bid for both players this summer is sure to be news that will have the Elland Road faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over Aaronson’s 23 Austrian Bundesliga appearances this season, the £18m-rated attacking midfielder has been in fantastic form for Matthias Jaissle’s side, scoring four goals, registering four assists and creating seven big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.1 shots, making 1.7 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles per game.
These returns have seen the £19k-per-week 21-year-old average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.88, with the forward – who is reported to be available for a figure of around £20m this summer – playing a key role in Salzburg’s title-winning campaign.
Meanwhile, over Johnson’s 45 Championship outings this term, the £900k-rated forward-thinking midfielder has been in electric form in the Nottingham Forest attack, bagging 15 goals, providing ten assists and creating 15 big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.9 shots, making 1.3 key passes and completing 1.2 dribbles per fixture.
These metrics have seen the £2.5k-per-week 20-year-old – who is also reported to have an asking price of £20m this summer – average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.10, ranking him as Steve Cooper’s fourth-best outfielder in the second tier.
As such, should Orta go on to land the £40m duo this summer, it is clear for all to see that Jesse Marsch would be gaining two exceptionally talented young midfielders, both of whom would undoubtedly help to fire Leeds back towards the top half of the Premier League table next season – if, that is, the Whites avoid the drop come the end of the current campaign.