Reported Celtic target Brenden Aaronson has agreed to sign for Salzburg and is due for his medical, the MLS’ official website reports.
The MLS believes that Philadelphia Union and Salzburg have both agreed a verbal fee, with the player himself now due to head to Austria and complete his medical.
According to the MLS, the deal is not yet finalised, and the player will still stay in the USA to see out the 2020 campaign with the Philadelphia Union.
Celtic were linked with him earlier this summer as one of a host of teams scouting the player. The MLS believed that the Hoops were keen on the youngster.
However, it looks as though Aaronson is deciding to commit his long-term future to Salzburg, who are currently ahead in a Champions League playoff tie against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
Champions League exit won’t have helped
When it comes to attracting young USA starlets, you really need to have something extremely attractive to stop the likes of Bundesliga sides coming in for them.
Salzburg pretty much have that as they look all but set to clinch a place in this season’s Champions League. Granted, Aaronson won’t be around this year as he looks set to complete his campaign with Philadelphia Union. But they’re a constant participant in Europe’s premier club competition.
That’s likely why Salzburg are managing to wrap Aaronson up with no signs of Celtic even looking to put up a fight. Our exit to Ferencvaros in the second qualifying round of Europe’s biggest club competition won’t have helped.
Of course, it’s not as if Celtic need additions in the number 10 position anyway. With Tom Rogic all but staying in Glasgow, between him and Ryan Christie, we have decent cover in that area.
But if we’re to continue scouring the likes of the USA, or anywhere in Europe or America for that matter, we need to start being able to offer regular Champions League football to attract the real cream of the crop.
Whether we wanted Aaronson or not, not managing to bag Champions League football likely would’ve killed us in any case.