By Harry Sykes
Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has claimed that big clubs will be “wary” of shelling out a mega fee for Pontus Jansson this summer.
Mills told the Star that Jansson has had a fine debut campaign in English football but warned that the Premier League is a step up from the Championship and is not concerned at Leeds being forced to cash in on the player.
The Sweden international has just completed a season-long loan from Torino and Leeds have announced they will sign him on a permanent transfer in July.
Italian outfit Torino have complained to world governing body FIFA about the timing of the payments of the £3.4million fee agreed for the 26-year-old but reports on Thursday stated that Leeds have paid the first instalment and are confident the dispute has now been resolved.
Amid the talks behind the scenes, Mills has not seen anything on the pitch to suggest fans of the Championship giants should be overly concerned that the talismanic defender is heading for the exit door.
“I think he [Jansson] will stay at Leeds,” Mills said to the Star. “He’s had a good season but I don’t think anyone is going to come in and pay a fortune for him.
“He’s unproven at that level [the Premier League]. With just one season in the Championship people will be wary.”
Despite the somewhat unflattering comments of BBC Radio Five Live pundit Mills, Jansson made a big impact at Elland Road and was named as one of two centre-backs in the Championship team of the season.
In other Leeds United transfer news, rivals have stepped aside to give the Yorkshire giants a clear path to the summer signing of a £3million player of the year striker.