By Alex Stevens
Leeds United have no intention of cashing in on Pontus Jansson this summer after agreeing the terms of his permanent transfer from Torino, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim United are “insistent” that interest from Premier League clubs will not tempt them to quickly cash in on the defensive kingpin.
Leeds announced at the end of January that they had agreed terms with Jansson for him to sign a three-year contract in July, converting his loan move from Torino into a permanent transfer for £3.5million.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that the terms of the deal remain intact and that this fee has looked like a bargain given the calibre of the centre-back’s performances this season.
The Sun on Sunday claimed last month that Southampton are prepared to offer £10.5million, three times what the Yorkshire giants will pay, to prise the Sweden international from Leeds.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog last month that the established Premier League club are eyeing moves for Jansson and Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Jansson, 26, insisted a fortnight ago that he will “100 per cent” remain at Leeds next season even though a wretched finish to the campaign meant they missed out on the play-offs and will remain in the Championship.
Leeds rescued Jansson from an injury-ravaged spell at Torino by signing him on a season-long loan that has paid huge dividends.
The defender has formed a formidable partnership at the back alongside Kyle Bartley for Garry Monk’s team and was last month named in the Football League team of the season.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are in a three-horse race to sign a top-flight captain who is desperate to make a move to the Championship big hitters.