Jesse Marsch’s potential appointment as the next Leeds United manager could provide the Premier League side with a boost in their bid to bring Brenden Aaronson to Elland Road this summer.
That’s according to a claim by Tom Bogert, with the MLS insider stating in a post on Twitter that, with the 48-year-old manager being heavily linked with a move to replace Marcelo Bielsa in the Elland Road dugout, Victor Orta’s talks regarding a move for the Red Bull Salzburg attacking midfielder are still very much alive.
Regarding the Whites’ interest in the 21-year-old, Bogert said: “On Jesse Marsch to Leeds reports & how it impacts the future of USMNT’s Brenden Aaronson: Leeds remain the favourite & expectation to sign Aaronson from RB Salzburg this summer… as long as they don’t get relegated, per sources. Regardless of Bielsa/Marsch/etc. Talks still on.”
Having been linked with a move for the USA international in the January transfer window, with the club having reportedly seen an offer of £20m rejected for the Salzburg forward, should Marsch go on to become the club’s next manager, it would appear crucial for Orta to make the youngster the American’s first signing this summer.
Indeed, not only is the £10.8m-rated sensation an extremely exciting prospect – having scored 12 goals and registered 14 assists over his 55 appearances for the Austrian Bundesliga side – the midfielder has also played under the 48-year-old coach previously, having bagged seven goals and provided five assists over 25 outings during Marsch’s own spell at Salzburg.
Furthermore, the American maestro’s style of play would appear to suit Marsch’s own brand of high-intensity football perfectly, with Thierry Henry stating of the 21-year-old: “I like him a lot, Brenden Aaronson.
“I came across him when I was a coach with Montreal, and he killed us with Philadelphia Union. His activity, the way he sees the game. I’ve always been a big fan of him and I’m not surprised to see what he’s doing right now with Salzburg.
“He’s contagious. the way he plays, his energy. His intensity is second to none and he could have scored. He supports the team. He’s a good player. I always thought he was going to be a player. He’s still learning. Let’s not get carried away.”
As such, it would very much look as if the player who Salzburg manager Matthias Jaissle dubbed a “monster” would be a match made in heaven for Marsch’s Leeds side, leading us to believe Orta simply must do everything in his power to seal a £30m deal for the youngster this summer.
Should a deal be completed, it would surely leave fans buzzing. After all, the player’s numbers and appraisals, coupled with Leeds’ need for more quality and faces in the squad make him a particularly appealing prospect.