Leeds United have expressed interest in signing RB Salzburg defender Rasmus Kristensen this summer.
According to The Athletic, Rasmus Kristensen has emerged as the latest player to be linked with a move to Leeds United. The Premier League outfit are keen on upgrading their options at right-back, with the RB Salzburg starlet emerging as the ideal candidate.
Leeds United are set to sign Brenden Aaronson, who is set to become the club’s first signing of the new season. But it appears the American international could be joined by his Salzburg teammate Kristensen, as Jesse Marsch looks to bring in familiar faces to his new project at Elland Road.
As evidenced by his pursuit of Aaronson, Marsch has identified multiple weak points within the Leeds squad. He is keen on resolving the weaknesses by adding more quality to the team and that is where Kristensen comes into the fray.
A right-back by trade, the Dane has been quite an asset for Salzburg since joining the club in 2019. In just over 100 competitive appearances, he has recorded a remarkable 13 goals and 19 assists, which are quite impressive numbers for a full-back.
Needless to say, Kristensen is an attack-minded right-back, who can provide width in the attack. Having worked with managers such as Matthias Jaissle, Erik ten Hag and Jesse Marsch himself, he also has the tactical nous and can operate as a wing-back if required.
At Leeds United, Kristensen should offer some much-needed competition for Luke Ayling. The Englishman has come under fire for his performances in the Premier League, especially during the final stages of the campaign. Furthermore, there is a lack of depth in the right-back slot, which Marsch needs to address.
Kristensen fits the bill well given the promise and quality he has shown during his time at Salzburg. The Dane also has the experience of working alongside Marsch in the past and it should not take him long to settle into his new club.
However, Leeds United are set to face stiff competition from Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign the 24-year-old. Not to mention, Salzburg themselves will be apprehensive about offloading their premier right-back, especially in a summer where they have already had to part ways with Karim Adeyemi while Aaronson is set to join Leeds soon.
Hence, the Whites may have to keep tabs on other alternatives in the market. They are in talks with Aberdeen over Calvin Ramsay, although the youngster may not offer much experience at the highest level of football. Other Premier League clubs are interested as well, making the operation a tad bit difficult for the Yorkshire outfit.