American journalist Kristian Dyer has tweeted his belief that Celtic-linked Brenden Aaronson is set to complete a move to Salzburg in the next few days.
The Daily Record reported earlier this summer that Hoops manager Neil Lennon was closely tracking the USA international’s progress. However, as of yet there have been no reported offers for the youngster from Parkhead.
And it wasn’t only Celtic the youngster was said to be interesting either. Hoffenheim, Freiburg, Frankfurt, and Borussia Monchengladbach have all been linked as Bundesliga clubs appeared to swarm around him (Daily Record).
But it appears the attacking-midfielder may be set to head for Austria instead. That’s certainly what Sports Illustrated reporter Dyer believes in any case. Here’s his tweet below:
Hearing that things are trending towards Brenden Aaronson signing with Red Bull Salzburg soon. Could be within the next few days, per source.
— Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) September 20, 2020
Easy to see why Salzburg would be an attractive destination
With fellow American Jesse Marsch in charge of the Austrian champions, it’s not difficult to see why heading there would be appealing for the youngster.
With the likes of Hee-chan Hwang moving to Leipzig and Takumi Minamino jetting off to Liverpool in recent years, Aaronson will know that Salzburg would provide him with a good platform where the rewards will be there if he impresses.
Salzburg also have a big chance of Champions League football this season too. They’re currently scheduled to take on Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the playoff round in what will be a two-legged tie. So all in all, it would be an exciting package for the MLS starlet.
Aaronson has impressed this season with three goals and two assists to his name, starting every match of the season so far as he’s helped shoot Philadelphia Union up to second in the Eastern Conference.
From a Celtic perspective, he could be one that gets away, but not having the carrot of Champions League football makes it difficult to rival those who do. Yes, we have a proven track record in selling players for big money if they shine, but players will always want to compete on the grandest stage as soon as possible. The Champions League represents that.
So let’s watch this space over the next few days and see if Aaronson finally makes his move from Philly. One thing’s for sure, he certainly looks ready for a new stage.