The Premier League club are working to build a squad that will compete in the Premier League next season after narrowly missing out on relegationthis season and have identified the United States international as one of the players who will help them next season.
Aaronson worked under current Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch during his time in charge Salzburg. He will formally complete his move to Elland Road for a reported £25million fee on July 1 and will sign a five-year deal with the Lilly Whites according to a statement realseased on the club’s website.
“Leeds United are delighted to announce an agreement with Red Bull Salzburg for the transfer of Brenden Aaronson, which will be completed on July 1st, 2022.” the statement from Leeds read.
“The 21-year-old will join for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract, running until the summer of 2027.
“The transfer is subject to the necessary international clearance and a work permit.”
Aaronson made 41 appearances in all competitions for Salzburg last season as they won the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup for the second season in succession.
The midfielder who also has 18 caps with the USMNT began his career with MLS side Philadelphia Union and scored on his debut in a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United in March 2019.
He scored five goals as the US qualified for this year’s World Cup finals in Qatar and is expected to be part of the travelling contingent in Qatar this November.
Aaronson will be on international duty next month for fixtures against Morocco, Uruguay, Grenada and El Salvador before meeting up with his new club-mates in pre-season.