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Leeds United’s Brenden Aaronson closing in on Union Berlin loan move

Leeds United’s Brenden Aaronson closing in on Union Berlin loan move

Leeds United midfielder Brenden Aaronson is close to finalising a loan move to Bundesliga club Union Berlin, according to The Athletic.

Leeds forked out around €32 million to snap up the United States international from Austrian champions RB Salzburg just last summer. 

However, he could be on the move once again this summer following the club’s descent to the Championship after finishing 19th in the Premier League.

Aaronson made 40 appearances across all competition for Leeds last season, bagging one goal and three assists in a massively underwhelming campaign.

The 22-year-old has four years left on the five-year contract he signed last summer but will spend next season away from Elland Road.

Berlin are reportedly closing in on the midfielder, with the Germans keen to bolster their squad without spending a chunk of their minimal transfer budget.

They defied expectations last term, finishing fourth in the Bundesliga to qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

But they will need reinforcements to maintain their place at the top end of the German top flight.

Aaronson is set to be the fourth first-team player to join Berlin this summer, but the club still have their eye on several other targets.

Berlin have been linked with a move for out-of-favour Inter Milan defender Robin Gosen while they are considering a loan move for Chelsea striker David Datro Fofana.

The Germans are significantly restricted in the transfer window by their limited transfer budget, so they are targeting players they can get on a cut-price deal, a simple loan or a free transfer.

Aaronson is set to be the first of several players expected to leave Leeds this summer. Diego Llorente and Rasmus Kristensen have already been linked with a move to Serie A giants AS Roma.

Meanwhile, Wilfried Gnonto has been touted for a swift return to top-flight football amid concrete interest from relegation survivors Everton.

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