The young midfielder will spend the rest of the season at MLS before joining his new team
The Philadelphia Association announced that the club had sold midfielder Brenden Aaronson to Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg side, run by former New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsh.
Aaronson will join his new club at the end of the MLS season and will be eligible to play for the Austrian team after the international transfer window reopens in January 2021.
The union, which maintained the sale clause, earned $ 6 million transfer fees (£ 4.6 million) for the midfielder, plus up to $ 3 million (£ 2.3 million) in performance bonuses, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
These fees are the largest in club history as well as the highest transfer fee ever for a domestic player in America.
“Playing in Europe has always been part of my dream.” Aaronson said, “I managed to fulfill the first part of my dream, play for my hometown, and am very excited to continue my journey.”
“Before working for a career abroad, my first goal was to play at the Philadelphia Union Stadium. My family had tickets for the inaugural season, so I grew up watching the team from the start and I remember wishing I was one day in this field and scoring goals in front of a home crowd. I’m so grateful to all of the coaches, my family, and the Philadelphia Union fans.
“As I said, I was one of them once, and their support means everything to me. I will continue to give them everything I have until the end of the season and what I hope will be a long playoff tour. For me and for this club, this is just the beginning, and I look forward to what has in store. the future “.
Aaronson rose to prominence this season with Al Ittihad, emerging as one of the major stars in Major League Soccer while gaining connections with clubs across Europe.
It was called by the German magazine “US Havertz” picture, The midfielder has provided four goals and four assists in 21 MLS matches this season.
The teenager is one of many talented youngsters currently appearing at the federation, with Aaronson representing the biggest success story to date for the club’s prestigious academy.
“I’ve worked with Brenden since he played in the Etihad academy youth teams, and have seen his rapid development since then,” said FIFA coach Jim Curtin.
“Brendan is a great player who always strives to improve. Over the past two years, he has become very technically advanced and the distance and speed he travels throughout the game is unmatched.
“I look forward to watching him continue to grow and develop at Red Bull Salzburg. Meanwhile, we are delighted to be there until the end of our 2020 season and I promise the fans that we will make the most of our time with him.”
Internationally, Aaronson made his debut with the US men’s national team in February and was due to join the Olympic qualifiers roster in March ahead of the coronavirus outbreak.
RB Salzburg climbed to the top of the Champions League last season before meeting stars Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino against Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool respectively.
The club, which has also produced current Liverpool star Sadio Mane, is running the Champions League once against Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Christoph Freund, Sports Director of Red Bull Salzburg said: “Brendan Aronson is one of the greatest talents in Major League Soccer, and his dynamism and presence on the field is exceptional for a 19-year-old.
“Despite his young age, he really has an excellent sense of making the right decisions on the field. With his way of playing football, Brenden is a perfect match for us and we are really looking forward to him.”