Rasmus Kristensen: Leeds United complete signing Denmark right-back from Red Bull Salzburg | Football news

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Red Bull Salzburg’s Danish right-back Rasmus Kristensen.

The 24-year-old, who was also wanted by Borussia Dortmund and Brentford, has signed a long-term contract with Elland Road and will become head coach Jesse Marsch’s second summer signing after the arrival of midfielder Brenden Aaronson – also from Salzburg.

Kristensen played a pivotal role during the 2021/22 season as Salzburg secured their eighth consecutive Austrian Bundesliga title, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further eight.

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Rasmus Kristensen is reported to cost around £10 million
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Kristensen has moved from Red Bull Salzburg to Leeds

He has played 107 games for Salzburg since moving from Ajax to the club in 2019. He is well known to Marsch – as is Aaronson – who played under him in Austria.

Kristensen, who has capped six for Denmark and played in their recent Nations League victories over France and Austria, will add much-needed depth to the Leeds fullback as Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling are both recovering from surgery.

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What should Leeds be doing this summer?

Sky Sports football journalist Sam Blitz:

Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Leeds, promised fans the club would be busy in the transfer market – and for good reason.

Marcelo Bielsa would have preferred a smaller squad at Elland Road, but that risk almost led to relegation last season, so don’t be surprised if the depth improves under Jesse Marsch. The early activity to bring RB Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson to the club so early in the window implies that large-scale arrivals are imminent.

Should Leeds lose Raphinha this summer, a new attacking talisman is needed, especially considering how injury-prone striker Patrick Bamford is.

Another key area where Leeds could strengthen is the fullback, where Junior Firpo’s signing has so far failed to work, while right-sided players Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas are recovering from long-term fitness issues.

In an effort to improve a defense that netted 79 goals last season, some central defenders could be vital if Leeds are to improve next season.

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