Leeds ‘agree £8.5m deal for Red Bull Salzburg’s Rasmus Kristensen’ as Jesse Marsch closes in on his second signing of the summer after beating off competition from Borussia Dortmund for the in-demand right back
- Leeds looking to rebuild their squad under Jesse Marsch after final-day survival
- The West Yorkshire outfit have beaten the German giants to the player
- Long-term contract is reported to have been agreed between the two parties
- Jesse Marsch knows the player well from his time in charge of RB Salzburg
Leeds United are reportedly close to sealing their second signing of the summer after agreeing a deal for Danish right-back Rasmus Kristensen.
The RB Salzburg player could be reunited with Jesse Marsch, his former coach at the Austrian club, as soon as this week as it was reported that Leeds will look to move to get the deal done over the next few days.
The Athletic report that Leeds have beaten off competition from Borussia Dortmund for the player, with Brentford, who possess a strong Danish contingent, also believed to have been interested in Kristensen.
Rasmus Kristensen has agreed to join Leeds United to reunite with former coach Jesse Marsch
Despite Kristensen being away with Denmark on international duty, Leeds are still reported to believe they can conclude the piece of business this week.
After injuries sustained to Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling at the back end of the season, Leeds were known to be in the market for a right back and have moved early to get that piece of business done.
It was reported last week that the Marsch factor had been decisive in Kristensen’s decision to join Leeds over the other interested parties.
Jesse Marsch will look to shape the squad in his image this summer after ensuring survival
Dortmund were said to have moved earlier for the player before Leeds and Brentford swooped in, with the Dane seemingly deciding on West Yorkshire as his destination for next season.
Kristensen is said to be a physical and hard-working full-back who will be suited to the pace and demands of the Premier League. His physicality means he can also fill in in midfield while he possesses an eye for goal, scoring on seven occasions in the league for Salzburg last season.
Kristensen is therefore likely to become Leeds’ second signing of the summer after the Dane’s Salzburg team-mate Brenden Aaronson had agreed to move to Elland Road last week.
Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson has agreed a five-year deal with Leeds
Aaronson, an exciting American forward, will join the club for a reported £22.2m after his fellow countryman Marsch pinpointed him as one of his major targets this summer.
Their final day survival means that Leeds can prepare this summer for a full season in the top division with Marsch in charge.
Two signings being made from Salzburg displays that the American is now trying to build the squad in his image after joining in February following Marcelo Bielsa’s sacking as manager.
Leeds struggled at times with a trimmed down squad, a feature of Bielsa’s preferred style of management.
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