By Callum O'Connell

4th Oct, 2023 | 2:10pm

Leeds United plan for Brenden Aaronson loan spell to increase value ahead of future sale - Phil Hay

Brenden Aaronson, who is currently on loan at Union Berlin from Leeds United, was one player earmarked by the club who could aid them financially later down the line, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist shared on 4 October that the loan deal, as much as it was forced due to a release clause in his contract, will help the club to enhance Aaronson’s value over the season.

Had he been sold permanently upon their relegation from the Premier League, the club would have made a loss on the fee paid to RB Salzburg to bring the American to Elland Road, but a good loan spell would give them more chance of breaking even.

Unlikely to make the full fee back

Despite Aaronson’s spell allowing him to play Champions League and Bundesliga football, a slow start to his Union Berlin career has made it even more unlikely that Leeds will manage to break even on his fee.

Having spent a large sum of £28.4million [Transfermarkt] to bring him to Elland Road in 2022, he would have to have a monstrous season in Germany for the club to hope to receive a fee of that level. However, this spell could provide a boost to avoid so much of a loss.

Looking at other losses Leeds made in the transfer market, Rodrigo left the club for a tiny £3million reported fee, having signed him originally for £26million. Robin Koch looks unlikely to sign a new deal while out on loan, and he will leave for free having arrived for around £12million.

The hope with Aaronson will be that while breaking even is unlikely, the club can recoup a larger percentage of his original fee than they would have if he was sold immediately after their relegation.

In other Leeds United news, a fan favourite is now training by himself at Thorp Park.