Why Leeds must snap up 25-year-old as PL trio reportedly join chase for Jansson
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds must sign Swansea’s Kyle Bartley on a permanent basis after it was reported that Pontus Jansson was attracting interest from a whole host of Premier League clubs.
Swedish publication Expressen claim Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea are all interested in signing Jansson, as he shines on loan from Serie A side Torino in Garry Monk’s defence.
This comes after Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog (Wednesday, 12.25pm) that Southampton were eyeing a move for the Sweden international.
The Whites do have some hold over Jansson at Elland Road after agreeing a £3.5million deal, which will see the defender sign a three-year deal when his loan ends in the summer.
However, with doubts beginning to arise over the future of the ex-Malmo defender, Monk must look to bring Bartley to Elland Road permanently as he remains on loan from Swansea.
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Forming a solid partnership at the back with Jansson, Bartley has starred while on loan from Monk’s former side as well as wearing the armband in the absence of Liam Bridcutt.
His commanding aura at centre-back has been integral to Leeds’ promotion push, keeping 16 clean sheets in his 47 appearances for the Yorkshire giants as well as scoring four times.
Signing Bartley, who continues to be one of the first names on Monk’s team sheet, would give the club some defensive stability should Jansson leave.
Bringing Bartley to Elland Road on a permanent basis could also tempt Jansson into rejecting advances from other clubs, after creating a close bond with his centre-back partner.
Bartley and Jansson are set to partner each other once again on Saturday, as Leeds look to revive their play-off hopes against lowly Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
In other Leeds transfer news, here are three reasons why Jansson must remain at Elland Road.