EXCLUSIVE

Leeds United should be looking for a fee between £15-20million for Pontus Jansson this summer as both player and club weigh up his exit, according to Noel Whelan.

In an exclusive interview with Football Insider, the former Leeds star insists that both parties are culpable for the speculation mounting over his future but that his talents should demand a hefty price tag.

There have been reports that Jansson has been told to remain away from the club’s training ground by manager Marcelo Bielsa, having yet to return to pre-season after playing for Sweden.

Whelan says that both sides seem to want a move to happen, hence the speculation circling about his future, but that the Whites should be demanding an eight-figure fee for anything to take place.

“I think it’s working both ways, I really do,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“From what we’ve heard and what’s been whispered about I think it’s coming from both parties. 

“If he doesn’t want to play in the Championship and feels he’s good enough to go into the Premier League then I look forward to watching him play there and see how he does. The only way to know how good you are, I guess, is to test yourself against the best.”

Asked what sort of price Bielsa should be looking for, the former Whites star said: “I think you’ve got to be looking around that £20million mark, to be honest with you.  

“He’s young, he’s got experience at international level as well and it’s a key area on the field where people need to pay money for. I think between the £15-20million mark is the going rate for Pontus.” 

Jansson initially arrived at Leeds on a loan deal from Torino back in 2016 and after an impressive season with the Whites made his move permanent a year later, going on to feature 120 times at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that one player is set to leave Elland Road in a matter of days as a fee is almost agreed.