Major development in Leeds bid to seal £3.4m January transfer
By Alex Stevens
Leeds’ bid to sign Pontus Jansson on a permanent transfer has been hit by a two-week delay after he picked up his 10th yellow card of the season in Monday’s FA Cup win over Cambridge.
Jansson’s agent Martin Dahlin revealed last week to Swedish publication Fotbollskanalen that there is an agreement in place for Jansson to join from Torino after he agreed the terms of a three-year contract.
He said the terms of the £3.4million transfer are fixed and the deal will come into force when the on-loan centre-back has made 22 appearances for the Yorkshire giants.
Jansson played his 21st match of the season for Leeds when he was named in the starting XI for the 2-1 triumph at the Cambs Glass Stadium.
But, in a tricky tie in which the Swede and his colleagues initially struggled badly, the 25-year-old was booked in the first half for catching Cambridge striker Luke Berry with a stray elbow.
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It triggered an automatic two-match suspension, ruling Jansson out of Friday’s Championship showdown against seventh-placed Derby as well as the trip to Barnsley eight days later.
Fotbollskanalen report that the giant defender must play one more match before Leeds pay a fixed sum of £3.4million to his parent club Torino, meaning his permanent switch to Elland Road is delayed by at least 15 days.
The major development means that the earliest Leeds can now sign Jansson is after their league home clash against Nottingham Forest on 28 January.
The fortnight delay is a blow to manager Garry Monk as he aims to tie the Swede down, as it paves the way for Premier League clubs to make a move to hijack the deal.
Monk revealed after the match that his plan was for Jansson to play just the opening hour of the clash against Cambridge before being given a breather ahead of Friday’s clash against Derby.
Jansson has made a huge impact at Elland Road in the opening half of the season, establishing a formidable centre-back partnership with Kyle Bartley and being an integral member of a team that is fifth in the Championship and has genuine promotion hopes.
Jansson has made it publicly clear that he wants to join Leeds permanently but will now have to be patient and bide his time.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are in advanced talks to sign a Bundesliga assists machine.