After spending last year on loan at Leeds United, the transfer of Pontus Jansson from Serie A’s Torino looked to be just a formality, as the defender had already agreed to a new contract with the Whites back in February. However, it emerged last month that Torino had complained to FIFA about the details surrounding the transfer payments. The issue was allegedly over the timing, not the amount, of the payments, and it was reported that the issues would be resolved by the club, which it appears it now has been.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that a representative of FIFA told them that the investigation was now complete, and that the issue had been resolved. The Serie A club had complained that the payment was due after Jansson’s 22nd appearance for Leeds, which triggered the transfer, not at the beginning of the transfer window. Leeds United had apparently made a payment when the complaint to FIFA was made, and everything now appears to be settled.
The central defender was a breakout star for Leeds last season, and many fans were concerned about the possibility of the permanent deal breaking down. While a return of his central defense partner, Kyle Bartley, from Swansea City looks to be in serious doubt, at least one half of the pair that helped form a rock-solid Championship defense will return for at least another year at Elland Road.
Fans have also been concerned about the recent injury that Jansson suffered while playing for Sweden, but the YEP quoted the defender as saying that the injury was just a slight knock and that he should be back in time for training at the end of the month. Now if only the manager search and preseason schedule could get sorted out in a timely fashion, everything would be in good shape for the upcoming season.