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Leeds’ Kristensen close to securing Roma move – Fabrizio Romano

A transfer from Leeds United to Serie A club AS Roma for Whites defender Rasmus Kristensen is reportedly nearing completion, according to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano.

Kristensen has been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s side for several weeks, and would follow fellow Leeds defender Diego Llorente to the Stadio Olimpico if the transfer does go through as expected, with Llorente’s loan confirmed over the weekend.

Much like Llorente, Kristensen would join the Giallorossi on a season-long loan deal, with terms reportedly “agreed on player and clubs side”.

A move for the Danish international would presumably leave the door open for young prospect Cody Drameh, who has struggled for game time in his natural right-back berth, finding himself behind club stalwart Luke Ayling and Kristensen in the pecking order.

Kristensen joined Leeds from RB Salzburg last summer for a fee of around £10m, as the Whites sought to strengthen a weak defence.

And, despite making 26 Premier League appearances for the Whites across both the right-back and right-centre-back positions last season, it is difficult to say that Kristensen shone during his time in West Yorkshire.

Now, it appears that the 26-year-old is headed for pastures new, as Romano has provided a tweet concerning his future.

Romano wrote: “AS Roma are set to sign Rasmus Kristensen, deal in place with Leeds United. Loan until June 2024 agreed on player and clubs side.

“Kristensen will follow Llorente as new Roma signing…coming from Leeds.”

If Kristensen does join Roma as expected, he will become the fourth Leeds player to leave on loan this transfer window so far, following Robin Koch, Llorente and Brenden Aaronson through the Elland Road exit door.

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