LEEDS CLOSING IN ON RIGHT-BACK
Leeds United are closing in on the signing of RasmusKristensen from Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. The Premier League outfit could seal the deal for £8.5m in the coming days with manager Jesse Marsch keen to reunite with the Danish right-back. Kristensen played under Marsch during his time at Red Bull Salzburg.
The report from the stables of the Daily Mail stated that Leeds United are finalising terms with Red Bull Salzburg over Kristensen and that the transfer is a matter of when it would be announced. Four-cap Danish international Kristensen has decided to sign for Leeds United ahead of fellow Premier League team Brentford and German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
Kristensen is a Danish international after he made his debut in September 2011. He would provide squad depth for Leeds United on the right side of defence. The Dane could cover for Luke Ayling who missed the final three games of the just ended Premier League campaign due to suspension. He was sent off for a bad challenge on Arsenal attacker Gabriel Martinelli during the 2-1 win for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium. Ayling was playing against his former side, but he didn’t manage his emotions very well and was rightfully punished for it. With Northern Ireland utility player Stuart Dallas out for many months, Kristensen will be vying for the right-back slot with the aforementioned Ayling.
Leeds United tried to look at the possibility of signing Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership before they settled for Kristensen. Liverpool and other teams were keen on signing Ramsay.
Kristensen would be the second summer signing for Leeds United after Brendon Aaronson if they complete a deal for the Danish defender. Leeds United signed Aaronson from Red Bull Salzburg for £23m to make his their first summer signing.