First instalment paid this week for Leeds headline summer signing - report
By Alex Stevens
Leeds United have solved their pay dispute with Torino over the transfer of Pontus Jansson, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Championship big hitters have paid part of the £3.4million fee required to sign the Sweden international permanently.
It is said that United chiefs financed a first payment earlier this week and are confident this will be enough to resolve a FIFA investigation into Jansson’s transfer from Torino.
The world governing body confirmed in a statement on Monday that they had been asked to look into the “standard contractual dispute” between the England and Italian clubs over the deal.
Jansson joined Leeds initially in a season-long loan deal from Italian outfit Torino last August and it was reported that a permanent transfer would be automatically triggered once he had played in 22 matches.
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The centre-back 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 United when his loan deal expires this summer.
Torino’s stance is that they have been due the money from Leeds since January, while the Championship club’s view was that it was not necessary to pay the fee until the expiry of the defender’s initial loan deal in July.
The Championship outfit appeared to have accepted that left the transfer up in the air and have now moved to settle the disagreement.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds expect the payment of the funds this week to amicably resolve the dispute and end the FIFA investigation.
Jansson is likely to be the headline summer signing for Leeds given the cost of the deal, which, remarkably, is more expensive than any fee paid by the club in 16 years.
The Sweden international has had an outstanding debut campaign for Leeds and has insisted he is “100 per cent” committed to returning next season despite their failure to secure promotion.
There are a number of major issues to be resolved, including the future of manager Garry Monk, before the club can really step up their recruitment.