By Craig Scott

25th Jan, 2022 | 4:40pm

Aaronson to become millionaire if he joins Leeds United amid talks over wages - US pundits

Leeds United are in ongoing talks to sign Brenden Aaronson from Red Bull Salzburg but are failing to meet his salary demands, according to ex-USA international Jimmy Conrad.

Speaking on the Que Golazo podcast, Conrad, who’s now a pundit for CBS Sports, claims that Salzburg rate Aaronson, 21, highly and are not willing to let him go until their demands are met too.

“Now, Brenden Aarons’s been linked to Leeds,” said Conrad on the Que Golazo podcast [22m44s].

“RB Salzburg obviously rate him very highly. And they’re saying that, or it’s being reported that, Leeds aren’t matching the demands or the salary demands of, not necessarily the player, but what Salzburg wants for him. It sounds like these talks are still ongoing with regard to Brenden Aaronson.

Conrad’s co-host Heath Pearce, who also played for the USA, is a fan of Aaronson and has likened him to Leeds’ ex-New York City winger Jack Harrison.

And Pearce adds that Aaronson could get a massive pay rise if he swaps Salzburg for Leeds.

“I do like, in theory, how he fits into Leeds and the style of play there with the chaos that he has,” said Pearce.

“He reminds me of that route-one kind of player that Jack Harrison is.

“He’s a little bit more comfortable in the pockets and spaces than Jack Harrison is in the wide spaces. But I like that chaotic, high-energy style of play.”

Later in the Que Golazo podcast [25m02s], Pearce adds: “Overall, I think staying [at Salzburg] is the better option.

“I think moving in the summer is always better than moving in the winter but it’s hard.

“You’re talking about making a few hundred thousand a year to being a millionaire, immediately. And that’s very attractive for a player and I’m not saying he’s just thinking about the money.”

Clock is ticking

Leeds now have less than a week to convince Salzburg to sell Aaronson and to convince Aaronson to leave Salzburg.

It’s made more difficult by the fact that Aaronson is now in the USA ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers, which start this week against El Salvador [28 January].

It remains to be seen how those international fixtures affect Leeds’ bid to sign the attacking midfielder but it certainly doesn’t help.

Leeds have known all month that they have needed to add to their squad and it looks as though if they miss out on Aaronson, they won’t be signing anyone.

Marcelo Bielsa cannot afford to be this picky because our injury crisis is showing no signs of getting better now that Patrick Bamford has suffered another injury.

We lost to Newcastle on Saturday due to a lack of a proper striker and the fact that Illan Meslier knows there’s no pressure on him to keep his starting spot in goals.

Our squad is very, very weak right now and we need more than just Aaronson.

In other Leeds United news, Aaronson has spoken to the US media about speculation linking him to Leeds.