By Alex Stevens
Three Premier League giants have made moves to sign Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson this summer, according to a report.
Swedish publication Expressen claim Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea have “declared an interest” in landing the centre-back.
It is said by the evening tabloid newspaper that the interest of England’s three top clubs is firmer than that of Southampton, who have been strongly linked with the Sweden international in recent days.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog (Wednesday, 12.25pm) that the Saints are eyeing summer moves for Jansson and Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But Expressen report that league leaders Chelsea, second-placed Spurs and third-placed Liverpool are even “hotter” for the 26-year-old and that enquiries have already been made.
Jansson is a man in demand after taking the Championship by storm since joining Leeds initially on a season-long loan from Serie A club Torino last August.
The centre-back has been a colossus at the back for Garry Monk’s promotion hopefuls and was last week named in the Football League team of the season.
Leeds took advantage of an option inserted into the loan-to-buy deal that took Jansson to Elland Road by reaching an agreement in January to sign him on a permanent deal for £3.5million when his loan expires in the summer.
A three-year contract has been signed that runs until 2020 and which gives the Yorkshire giants some protection in the facing of growing interest in one of their prize assets.
Jansson has made 32 league appearances for Leeds and established a formidable partnership with fellow loanee Kyle Bartley in the back four.
The duo have been key to the Yorkshire club’s impressive campaign and have laid the foundations for a concerted promotion challenge.
Leeds fell out of the top six for the first time in months on Monday when they fell to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Wolves, but remain in the mix for one of the play-off places.
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