It was Joe Rawson who teased Leeds United fans with a throwaway comment at the end of a Tweet (below) that confirmed the arrival of Liam Bridcutt at the club.
With Leeds fans crying out for some strength and stability at the core of the defence, news that the club were in for an “international CB” definitely set a few hearts and pulses racing. So, for heightened anticipation, Rawson is to blame.
It didn’t take long for the name of one man to trickle out, that man being Swedish eight-cap defender Pontus Jansson. Some credence was added to the view that Jansson would sooner be a Leeds player by Italian media site Gianluca Di Marzio. According to the website, the rangy defender with seven international caps “is close to a move to Leeds, in a deal that could close tomorrow on a loan with a purchase option.”
That’s where it stood as of Wednesday evening before further details emerged as to the actual composition of the deal via Swedish publication KvällsPosten.
It seems the main reason that the tall Jansson is to arrive at Elland Road is a falling out of sorts with Torino over a promised contract extension and a more prominent role in the Italian side. According to KvällsPosten, “the parties were already a month ago agreed on an extension. Jansson then signed a four-year contract that would increase his salary significantly.”
However it appears that the club reneged on the deal with the contract being taken back “before the club managed to sign it.” The article then goes on to say that this likely hastened his desire to remove himself from the club, with Leeds said to be his likely destination.
KvällsPosten then drip-feed through some details that shed a little light on the fineries of the deal itself. Whilst it is an initial loan deal, there will be a purchase element which the Swedish publication say will be triggered if Jansson plays 20 or more games. The purchase price has been set at 40m Kroner (£3.65m), which would make him the club’s most valuable player.