Date: 1st June 2022 at 1:46pm
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Leeds United look set to return to RB Salzburg once again, this time with their sights set on signing full-back Rasmus Kristensen.

What’s the word?

That’s according to The Athletic, who report that the club have been closely following the Danish international.

Leeds had also been linked with promising teenager Calvin Ramsay for the same position, but competition from Liverpool has seen Marsch turn to his old club once again for upgrades.

The Whites will face competition for the 24-year-old, as Dortmund and Brentford have both registered an interest. Kristensen would reportedly cost about £10m.

Imagine him and Aaronson

Marsch’s history with Kristensen could lure the right back to Elland Road, as the pair spent two years together before the former left for RB Leipzig. It could offer something of a reunion, as Brendan Aaronson is another RB Salzburg player who has reportedly agreed to join Leeds and reform the link-up that was so successful for the Austrian giants.

RB Salzburg have enjoyed a fine season, again winning the Austrian Bundesliga and the cup, as well as a round of 16 exit from the Champions League at the hands of German giants Bayern Munich.

Kristensen himself has also had an impressive personal season, with an average SofaScore rating of 7.31 and seven goals and four assists to his name. If he can continue this fine attacking form, which was aided by the balance Aaronson brought to the midfield, Leeds will have a more than capable replacement for Ayling.

His defensive stats are not to be ignored, as he sits in the 99th percentile for tackles per 90, in the 98th percentile for aerials won, and most importantly for Leeds’ play style, in the 93rd percentile for pressures. It is in turn this physical defensive work which allows the creativity of Aaronson to shine, who returned nine goal contributions this season. The two can facilitate one another, and this transfer could prove a masterstroke.

It seems that Marsch is looking to poach all his favourite players from his old club, as he did call Kristensen “one of our best players” whilst manager of the defender at Salzburg, whilst his current boss, Matthias Jaissle, dubbed him an “absolute leader

The £13.5m-rated man would prove quite a coup for Marsch, who seriously needs to bolster a threadbare squad to avoid another potential relegation battle next season. He should act quickly to reunite him with Aaronson, with other clubs sniffing around.

In other news, Leeds have also been linked with a Champions League winger. Find out who here.

 

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