Rasmus Kristensen set to arrive at Leeds United, terms agreed with Red Bull Salzburg man
Leeds United are set to sign Red Bull Salzburg defender Rasmus Kristensen as personal terms have been agreed with the player, The Telegraph reports.
The 24-year-old is due to be the second summer signing at Elland Road, and the second arrival from the Austrian side after USMNT player Brenden Aaronson.
The Whites appear to have beaten the competition for his signature in the form of Borussia Dortmund and Premier League rivals Brentford, as a source claims a “deal is now in place”.
The Telegraph report says: “Kristensen will be seen as a transfer coup, given the competition for the full-back. Brentford’s Danish manager Thomas Frank has been in the market for a right wing-back to suit his system of play.
“Dortmund also showed interest and had previous success with Salzburg players having bought Erling Haaland from the Austrian outfit.”
The fees are expected to amount to around £10million for a player Jesse Marsch has identified as a “key” target after their previous work together in the Austrian Bundesliga.
The start to the summer is proving to be exactly what fans had hoped for after a season which saw a squad stretched thinner and thinner but not strengthened in January.
After coming to within a single Burnley goal of being relegated into the Championship it looks like Victor Orta has got to work fast in an attempt to avoid a similar fate in the 2022-23 season.
Kristensen is set to compete with Luke Ayling for the right back spot in the United line up but can also play in midfield.
This move may now mean that Cody Drameh decides to leave the club again on loan, as he had been expecting a chance at more substantial game time after a strong loan at Cardiff.
With Ayling coming off surgery and Stuart Dallas due to be out for months with his broken leg the club have prioritised reinforcements at right back, with reported interest in Aberdeen’s Calvin Ramsay and Barcelona’s Sergino Dest.
Presumably they will both be off the table now that Marsch looks to have got his man, and the Red Bull influx continues at Elland Road.
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