An unnamed English club have bid £5.5million for Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson, according to local journalist Phil Hay.
Hay, formerly of the Yorkshire Evening Post, claims that with an offer on the table for the centre-back, Leeds are set to confirm the player’s exit in the next 48 hours.
“Offer on the table for Pontus Jansson from another English club and his exit from Leeds United set to be confirmed in the next 48hrs. Told the bid is £5.5m,” wrote Hay via his personal Twitter account.
In a previous tweet on Jansson, Hay stated that the relationship between Jansson and the club had broken down and that there were certain things like the defender’s attitude, that the Whites weren’t happy about.
Offer on the table for Pontus Jansson from another English club and his exit from Leeds United set to be confirmed in the next 48hrs. Told the bid is £5.5m.https://t.co/yCHbQoNkoI
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) July 6, 2019
“As best I can tell, the relationship between Jansson and the club has broken down. There are things Leeds aren’t happy about in terms of attitude etc and I’d expect a parting of ways very soon,” wrote the local journalist.
Well, this news isn’t going to go down well as Jansson was a key member of Marcelo Bielsa’s side last season. The 28-year-old defender played 39 times for Leeds in their 2018/19 Championship campaign and racked up an impressive six Man of the Match awards for his efforts (Source: WhoScored). Jansson scored three, adding one assist, in his league outings and notably won 4.9 of his aerial duels per 90 minutes as a force to be reckoned with at the back. However, if there is a problem with his attitude then Bielsa is right to get rid of him. The only problem is Leeds fans tend to judge a player on what they see on the pitch and Jansson wore his heart on his sleeve. He overstepped the mark on occasions – picking up a ban after swearing in a post-match interview on Sky and seemingly disobeying manager Marcelo Bielsa when he ordered his team to let Aston Villa score in the Championship game towards the end of the season – but he’s a popular figure and fans will want to see a similar player come in to replace him. If he ends up joining Championship rivals Fulham, who were reported as being interested in the defender by Telegraph journalist Matt Law, it will add a little bit more salt to the wound.