EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan is shocked that Leeds United agreed a fee for Pontus Jansson that was “£4.5million less than I thought we’d get”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker and academy product, a lifelong fan of the club who watches all of their matches as a BBC radio pundit, is surprised Jansson was let go so cheaply.

Whelan has been very critical of the Sweden international for going “missing” at tough times and for “not being as good as he thinks he is”.

But the former Leeds player also accepts Jansson is a proven Championship centre-back who, at the age of 28, also had three years left on his contract when he was sold for £5.5million plus add-ons to Brentford on Monday.

“I thought we would get at least £10million for him,” Whelan told Football Insider. “£5.5million does seem extremely low. That’s £4.5million less than I thought we’d get. You can get that for an average player.

“Unless there’s something we don’t know about, £5.5million for a decent centre-back in the Championship seems cheap in the current market. I can’t believe we didn’t get more for him.”

Jansson is the second big-money Leeds sale this summer, with Jack Clarke joining Tottenham for an initial £9million last week before being loaned back for the upcoming season.

There have also been a raft of fringe player exits that is set to continue, after Football Insider revealed earlier today that Tyler Denton is in advanced talks to join Stevenage on a free transfer.

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