Blatant violations - Report details latest on Jansson dispute as Leeds transfer under threat
By Alex Stevens
Torino are demanding Leeds United immediately settle the £3.4million fee required to sign Pontus Jansson permanently, according to a report.
Italian outlet Toro News, which provides content for sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, claim the Italian outfit have lodged a formal complaint with world governing body Fifa due to “blatant violations” of the agreement between the two clubs for the transfer of Jansson.
It is said that Torino insist the terms of the deal state they have been due the money from Leeds since January, while the Championship club’s stance is that the fee is not payable until the expiry of the defender’s initial loan deal in July.
Gazzetta report that Torino do not want to stand in the way of the transfer but are insistent that Leeds adhere to the timings set out in the loan-to-buy deal agreed last summer.
Fifa’s player status committee is now investigating the dispute between the two clubs and whether Leeds have a contractual right to delay payment for Jansson.
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This has prompted concern from supporters of the Championship club that the deal for the defender will collapse just when it had appeared to have been copper-bottomed.
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.
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.