Reliable journalist delivers update on Leeds triggering buy-out clause of in-form PL ace
By Harry Sykes
Kyle Bartley does not have a release clause inserted into the loan deal that took him to Leeds last summer, according to a reliable journalist.
The Yorkshire giants have already agreed a deal to sign Bartley’s centre-back partner Pontus Jansson permanently when the season ends.
Leeds will pay Torino £3.5million for Jansson after triggering the buy-out option stipulated in his season-long loan.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported there is not the same opportunity to edge out rival clubs by buying Bartley permanently from Swansea for a pre-agreed fee.
Asked by a Leeds supporter if there was an option for the Yorkshire giants to sign Bartley permanently inserted into his loan deal, Hay replied on his personal Twitter account: “Not that I’m aware. Straight loan.”
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@AWS_Blog Not that I’m aware. Straight loan.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 16, 2017
There is growing concern among Leeds supporters about whether Bartley will return to Elland Road for a second season.
The Arsenal academy product has made a huge impact since joining from the Premier League club, forming a superb partnership with Jansson that has been the bedrock of Leeds’ promotion challenge.
The Sun claim that Burnley have identified the 25-year-old as a summer target amid doubts over the future of England international Michael Keane, while fellow Premier League clubs Bournemouth and Stoke are also keeping close tabs on the Leeds defender.
The report details that Elland Road manager Garry Monk would be keen on keeping Bartley, but a potential move hinges on whether the Yorkshire club get promoted via the play-offs.
The commanding defender has a contract with Swansea that runs until the summer of 2018 after he extended it before heading to Leeds for the campaign.