Problem solved - Pontus Jansson’s Leeds United move given FIFA green light

Pontus Jansson. Picture: Tony Johnson.
Pontus Jansson. Picture: Tony Johnson.
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FIFA has cleared Pontus Jansson to join Leeds United on July 1 after resolving a complaint lodged by Torino over his pending transfer to Elland Road.

Torino placed the signing of Jansson in doubt by accusing Leeds of failing to pay a £3.5m fee on time but FIFA confirmed today that its investigation had been settled.

Leeds disputed Torino’s claim that payment was due to be made when Jansson made the 22nd appearance of his season-long loan at Elland Road in January, an outing which activated a clause allowing United to sign him permanently.

United, however, moved to head off the dispute by paying an initial instalment last month. A FIFA spokesman told the YEP: “We can confirm that the parties have solved the matter.”

Jansson, who played 36 times in total for Leeds this season, had already agreed and signed a three-year contract prior to Torino complaining to FIFA and will join United officially on July 1.

The Sweden international was one of club’s most consistent performers, earning a place in the Championship’s 2016-17 team of the year and rapidly convincing Leeds to activate their option to sign him.

Jansson, meanwhile, allayed fears that he had suffered a significant injury after limping out of Tuesday night’s friendly between Sweden and Norway.

The centre-back is undergoing tests on a knee problem suffered in a 1-1 draw in Oslo but he described the injury as “just a bang” and said he expects to make a quick recovery.

Leeds are due back for the start of pre-season in little over a week’s time with initial medical tests scheduled for next Friday and their fitness programme due to begin on June 26.

Jansson is hopeful of returning fully fit despite his second-half collision with Norway’s Mats Moller Daehli.

The pair were involved in a clash of knees and Jansson attempted to play on before leaving the field.

Jansson told Fotbollskanalen: “I think it’s okay. It was only a bang. I took it just above the knee.

“I was hurt and I couldn’t finish but it feels all right. I will check it as a precaution but it feels okay.”

Jansson’s career has been affected by knee injuries, including a serious problem at Torino which led the Italian club to withdraw a contract offer made to him prior to his loan move to Leeds last August.

United took Jansson on a temporary, season-long deal but negotiated an appearance-related clause which gave Leeds time to fully assess his fitness.