BARCELONA – Barcelona is closely following the evolution of Brenden Aaronson, Gianluca Busio and Cade Cowell with the aim of controlling the future of the three young talents of Major League Soccer, different sources revealed to ESPN.
Aaronson, 19, plays an offensive midfielder for the Philadelphia Union, has been capped with the United States men’s national team and was named the MLS is Back Dream Team earlier this year.
In the case of Aaronson, Barcelona will have to continue his progression in Europe, as the Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg reached an agreement with the young midfielder who will leave the United States when the season ends, ESPN learned.
Busio, an 18-year-old forward, has also played a prominent role at Sporting Kansas City and has been a USMNT youth international. He is of Italian descent and, despite his youth, has already played 44 games in MLS.
For his part, Cowell is a California-born forward who at 16 is already making a name for himself in elite football. The young pearl of the United States made his MLS debut with the San Jose Earthquakes in early 2020 and scored his first goal for the club during a 3-2 loss to the LA Galaxy in August.
At the moment, from the club they recognize that it is only a follow-up and that there are no specific offers for any of these players, but the truth is that MLS has become a sensational showcase for European teams in recent times. The clearest example is that of Alphonso Davies. The Canadian was already on the Barça agenda when he was a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps. However, he ended up signing for Bayern Munich in 2018 and today he is already considered one of the best left-backs in the world.
Barcelona also put their eye on the MLS market in 2018 when they signed Canadian Ballou Tabla from Montreal Impact, but in that case the bet did not go as expected.
The Catalan team is attentive to this market both due to the level of its footballers and the growth provided by players from the United States in terms of marketing and sponsorship.
In fact, sources from the Catalan club acknowledge to ESPN that they are already seeing the benefits of having in their ranks the young American Konrad de la Fuente and Sergino Dest, who was signed in the last market from Ajax Amsterdam for about 21 million euros plus incentives.