July 20, 2024

Brenden Aaronson exit timeline emerges as Leeds United mega-money deadline looms

Leeds United are keen to sell Brenden Aaronson before the club are required to pay over £70m in historical transfer instalments, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

On page 26 of the publication’s 4 June edition, reporter Stuart Rayner told of how Leeds may however be forced to wait until July to recoup at least some of the £24.7m fee they paid Red Bull Salzburg in 2022, with Aaronson expected to participate in the Copa America with the USMNT.

Aaronson would prefer to rejoin Union Berlin, where he spent this season on loan to mixed success as the club scraped Bundesliga safety – the German outfit however have not yet made his temporary spell a permanent deal.

Rayner stated: “With the Whites needing to bring in extra transfer revenue after missing promotion to the Premier League, and with Aaronson never having played second-tier football, a parting of the ways – even if it is only another loan – seems most likely.

“Leeds have been helped by a major sponsorship deal with Red Bull and are due transfer instalments themselves but will have to be wary of profit and sustainability rules.”

Leeds United have a clutch of loanees coming back

It would be unlikely if more than a couple or so of the Leeds United returning loanees were at the club by the end of the summer transfer window.

Among the players due to report for pre-season training are Jack Harrison, Marc Roca, Max Wober, Diego Llorente, Cody Drameh, Sam Greenwood, Rasmus Kristensen, Darko Gyabi and Sonny Perkins as well as Aaronson.

The club know they have little chance of recouping a profit on the big-money signings among them, as Daniel Farke looks to rebuild his squad to go one better next time around and the club’s board trim the playing costs down to meet guidelines.

Whilst the Red Bull deal – the largest sponsorship contract in Championship history – flexes Leeds’ financial muscle further, there is still a lot of work to be done on both the footballing and financial fronts.

In other Leeds news, Farke has been backed by Brian Deane ahead of next season.

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