Kristensen Deal Agreed: Leeds United Ready Complete Second Summer Signing

Rasmus Nissen Kristensen of Salzburg (Photo by Hans Peter Lottermoser/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)
Rasmus Nissen Kristensen of Salzburg (Photo by Hans Peter Lottermoser/SEPA.Media /Getty Images) /

Rasmus Kristensen is a medical away from completing a move to Leeds United from RB Salzburg. The right-back will be the second summer arrival following the addition of Brenden Aaronson. The pair of footballers should join the Elland Road club from the 1st of July.

After one former player switched from Stadion Salzburg to Elland Road, another will follow Jesse Marsch in his once again “tried and tested” method of recruitment. The RB Salzburg connection seems quite strong and Marsch’s pulling power must also not be undermined with this his second following to Elland Road.

Leeds will beat a host of top clubs to Kristensen’s signature, with Borussia Dortmund being one of them. They are on a hunt to replace Nico Schulz, who is set to leave the club this summer. The 29-year-old has been transfer-listed by the German club and will be allowed to leave for €5m.

According to The Athletic:

"Leeds United will look to wrap up their second signing of the summer this week after agreeing a deal for RB Salzburg right-back Rasmus Kristensen.Leeds are set to beat Borussia Dortmund to Kristensen’s signature having agreed a long-term contract with the 24-year-old, who is poised to follow Brenden Aaronson from Salzburg to Elland Road.Kristensen’s transfer is still subject to a medical but Leeds are hoping to conclude formalities by the end of this week, despite the defender’s involvement in international fixtures with Denmark."

Leeds United’s New Fullback

He played a crucial role during last season, as Salzburg secured an eighth straight Austrian Bundesliga title. He scored 7 goals and assisted another 4 to help secure gold.

He is predominantly a right-back and looks set to fill the void left by Stuart Dallas, who suffered a terrible broken leg injury in the defeat to Manchester City, and will be out for six months; as a result, missing the early part of the new Premier League season.

Jesse Marsch’s major concern was Leeds’ porous defence

Jesse Marsch will be keen for goals to come from other areas of the team next season, with Diego Llorente being they’re highest-scoring defender with 3 goals, compared to that with Kristensen who netted 7 times in all competitions last season.

He will also not be adverse to facing high-quality opposition, having faced Bayern Munich in the Champions League and playing all 8 games in the European competition before being knocked out by the Bundesliga champions in the last 16.

Leeds were the second-highest conceding team with 79 goals conceded. Only Norwich City, who were the last-placed team, conceded more than the Whites. The right move will be to focus on the defensive line and then add in other areas.

Lee Wingate of The Other Bundesliga, external podcast, which focuses on the Austrian top flight, told BBC Radio Leeds:

"He’s a full-back, a right-back by trade. He’s so strong and dynamic – in that respect, I can imagine him being quite well suited to the Premier League.He’s the top-scoring defender in the Bundesliga this season with seven. He’s all about his attacking game – bombing up and down that flank, and sometimes cutting in. He’s been one of the standout players in the league. I’d say the best defender in the league.(Via: BBC Sport)"

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Leeds United will be looking to June 16th, when the Premier League fixtures are released and they are already setting the wheels in motion for a busy summer of incomings and outgoings with the transfer window officially opening on the 10th June and closing on 1st September.