Leeds United star’s brother seals big-money transfer as youngsters eye reunion possibility

The move is expected to become official on January 1 when the winter transfer window opens, but the German club wasted no time in announcing the teenager’s arrival. Aged 22 and 19 respectively, the Aaronson brothers, Brenden and Paxten, will represent clubs in Europe’s top five leagues, a major feat for football in the United States.

Both youngsters came through the Philadelphia Union academy setup before making their professional debuts with the Major League Soccer side. Brenden Aaronson’s first move was to FC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, while Paxten somewhat echoed his older brother’s move in 2021 two years later by joining Eintracht Frankfurt, who this season have featured in the UEFA Champions League group stage – another competition in which Brenden has experience.

“So proud of all you’ve accomplished Pax!” Brenden wrote on social media, along with photos of the brothers as children, wearing a range of football shirts.

Paxten Aaronson of the United States celebrates after scoring against the Dominican Republic during the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship soccer final, at the Olimpico Metropolitano stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, July 3, 2022. (Photo by ‘Orlando SIERRA/AFP) (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP via Getty Images)

“I’m excited to see this next step in your career. I can’t wait to play @eintrachtfrankfurt games!” he added.

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin has previously said that “obviously there’s good genetics in the family.”

Paxten is making a reported €4m move to Eintracht, mirroring Brenden’s initial €6m transfer from Union to Salzburg. Much like the man’s move from Leeds, Philadelphia reportedly kept a sell clause in Paxten’s deal meaning they owe a percentage of any future transfer fees. The MLS side received an additional €5m when Brenden Aaronson’s move to Leeds United was confirmed, as part of a similar deal.

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