By Alex Stevens

Leeds United remain confident they will push through the permanent transfer of Pontus Jansson despite concern that the deal has hit the skids, according to a BBC journalist.

Guardian correspondent Ed Aarons delivered the bombshell on Friday morning that world governing body Fifa are “investigating” Jansson’s switch to Elland Road from Torino, who insist they have not been paid the money they are owed.

Aarons explained that Leeds want to delay payment until July, which is when the Sweden international is set to be officially registered with the club.

This has prompted concern from supporters of the Championship club that the Jansson deal will collapse just when it had appeared to have been copper-bottomed.

But BBC Leeds correspondent Adam Pope moved to dampen fans’ fears about the defensive colossus as he responded to the Jansson reports.

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“With regards the Pontus Jansson deal Leeds have always said they are in the box seat to sign him (come July 1) as agreed from Torino,” explained Pope on his personal Twitter account, adding that the cost will be £3.4million at current conversion rates.

The centre-back joined Leeds initially in a season-long loan deal from Italian outfit Torino last summer and it was reported that a permanent transfer would be automatically triggered once he had played in 22 matches.

Jansson reached that mark in January and it was then confirmed by the club’s official website that he had agreed a three-year contract to sign permanently for Leeds when his loan deal expires this summer.

However, Aarons, deputy news editor for Guardian sport, reported via his personal Twitter account on Friday morning that FIFA are now investigating the transfer.

Aarons added further information in a follow-up post that Leeds were looking to delay the payment for Jansson until the start of July, but Serie A side Torino want the money now amid interest from Premier League side Southampton t.

Jansson starred in 36 matches for Leeds in all competitions in his first season at the club and it will be a huge blow for the side if his permanent transfer is cancelled by the club looking to delay payments.

In other Leeds news, it has sensationally emerged that Andrea Radrizzani’s takeover of the club is under major threat in what is a shattering blow.

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