Good news on the Pontus Jansson front. BBC’s Adam Pope has reported that all the issues with Jansson’s former club, Serie A club Torino, have been resolved.
As TIAT reported earlier this week, it appeared that the transfer was hung up on the timing of the payment from Leeds and that Torino had appealed to FIFA to resolve the issues between the two clubs.
The €4 million deal was to be made permanent if Jansson appeared more than 22 times for Leeds United, which he easily did by appearing 36 times for United in the past season. A permanent contract had already been agreed upon back in February for Jansson to stay on at Elland Road, so it was a bit surprising to see that there was a dispute between the clubs in regards to an already agreed upon transfer fee.
Apparently Torino was upset that they had not been paid yet, believing that they were owed the money as soon as Leeds triggered the agreement on Jansson’s 22nd appearance, but Leeds believed that they had until the end of June to pay the transfer fee. Either way, it is welcome news that the dispute has been settled.
Jansson is absolutely part of the future at Elland Road and Leeds need to retain players like him if they are to challenge for promotion again next year. He was named to the EFL Championship team of the year at the EFL awards 2017 along with teammate Chris Wood.
With this loan deal made permanent, hopefully the management at Leeds will now focus on trying to get Kyle Bartley back in from Swansea City. The partnership between the two of them helped propel Leeds into 7th place this season, and bringing him back to the club can only help to carry this team forward towards promotion next year.