Leeds in talks to seal reported £3.6m deal for 25-year-old
By Harvey Byrne
Pontus Jansson has revealed that Leeds and Torino “are in discussions” over a permanent deal for the defender.
Jansson, 25, joined the Championship club from the Serie A side and has established himself as a key figure in Garry Monk’s team.
The powerful centre-back has made 10 appearances for the Yorkshire giants, suffering just three losses and six wins alongside one draw and has been pivotal in Leeds’ recent good form.
Swedish outlet Skanesport stated earlier in the month that the Whites are contractually obliged to buy Jansson permanently if he makes 20 appearances for the team during his season-long loan from Torino.
It is said that the fee is set at £40million Swedish Krona, equivalent to £3.6million, and that £180,000 of that sum is due to Jansson’s first club Malmo.
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Now with the January transfer window just over two months away the Sweden international has revealed that talks over his future deal were ongoing.
“I really hope so because from the first moment I love to play for this club and I love to be here,” told Jansson to a Sky Bet Facebook chat, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“I really want to stay if the club and the fans want me. I don’t know how close it is but hopefully there is a deal soon.”
Leeds are currently in 10th place in the Championship table, sitting three points behind Bristol City in the play offs.
They are unbeaten in their last three fixtures in all competitions and will be preparing for a test at Elland Road on Saturday from Burton.
Nigel Clough’s men are sat in 15th and three points behind Leeds and will provide another stern test in what has been a busy week for the Yorkshire giants.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has insisted that Charlie Taylor is a “very important player” for the club.