AS Roma are ‘increasingly certain’ to buy defender Rasmus Kristensen from Leeds United next summer, with them impressed enough to activate his purchase clause.

That’s according to Il Romanista, who cover the player today and Roma’s increasing desire to ‘make a small sacrifice’ and secure him on a permanent basis.

They explain that Kristensen has proven to be an extra weapon for Roma manager Jose Mourinho this season, having proved initial doubts about the deal wrong and carved a space out for himself in the team.

His recent performance in the 2-1 win over Sassuolo ‘seems to have been the definitive consecration’ after he came off the bench, won a penalty and then scored the winning goal in the 2-1 success.

That’s led to several rumours that Roma want to sign him permanently from Leeds, but the reality is the Italian side already have an agreement in place regarding a permanent move.

If they want to buy him, they have to pay a sum ranging between €7m and €12m, with that figure likely dependent on what league Leeds are playing in next season. If they’re promoted back to the Premier League, Kristensen’s price tag would rise. Alternatively, if they don’t, ‘they would have to settle for a lower sum’.

Either way, Roma buying Kristensen is ‘increasingly certain’ and to do so they will sell one of either Zeki Çelik or Rick Karsdorp in the January transfer window.

That will help give them the funds for the Leeds man, who it seems has managed to convince everyone in Rome that he’s worth buying permanently.