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'Fits the profile Marsch is looking for': Leeds want to follow up Aaronson signing with 'incredible' 26yo - journalist

Leeds United are up and running in the summer transfer window.

The Whites announced the imminent signing of Brenden Aaronson from Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday.

Aaronson will join Leeds on 1 July, subject to work permit clearance.

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The United States international has penned a five-year deal at Elland Road, taking him to 2027.

However, this is likely just the beginning for Leeds, who will hope to kick on after a tense relegation battle.

Jesse Marsch will also be mindful of potential departures, with Kalvin Phillips’s future still somewhat uncertain.

The Leeds talisman is yet to pen a new deal at Elland Road amid reported interest from numerous clubs.

One player who has been deemed a potential replacement for Phillips is Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Leeds had joined the race for the Austria international.

As well as the Whites, Arsenal and Newcastle are apparently also in pursuit of the 26-year-old.

Now, Dean Jones has reiterated that Leeds are keen on Grillitsch, claiming he fits Marsch’s profile.

The transfer insider also claims Grillitsch may not necessarily be on Leeds’ radar just as a Phillips replacement.

Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch is a target,” the transfer journalist wrote on GiveMeSport.

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“The 6 foot 2 Austrian has the versatility to play in defence or midfield and fits the profile Marsch is looking for in terms of mentality and style.

“There have been suggestions that he will only arrive if Kalvin Phillips leaves, but that may not be the case.”

“One of the best players in the Bundesliga”

Grillitsch played at Euro 2020, helping Austria reach the second round of the competition.

His nation gave eventual winners Italy a tough game in the last 16, taking them to extra time.

Julian Nagelsmann, who previously managed Hoffenheim, waxed lyrical about Grillitsch in 2020.

“In my opinion, Flo Grillitsch is one of the best players in the Bundesliga,” Sky Sports Austria quoted him as saying.

“He still has room for improvement, he knows that, I’ve told him that often enough.

“But he is an exceptional footballer and has an incredible gift for setting the rhythm of the game.”

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