It was a set of two tweets by Guardian journalist Ed Aarons, below, that set Leeds United Twitter aflame somewhat. A set of two tweets saying that Torino had referred the deal taking Swede Pontus Jansson to FIFA.

As soon as these tweets were posted, Leeds fans began to go into a sense of meltdown, fearing in equal measure that Jansson would not be staying at Elland Road and that Torino were somehow looking to manoeuvre a deal whereby they could extricate themselves from the original deal and sell to new interested parties at a higher value.

Fear, by its very nature, is an abstract noun, but when that duo of tweets from Ed Arrons’ Twitter account surfaced Leeds United fans could feel, smell and taste it. It wasn’t pretty in any sense of experiencing it.

For too long Whites fans had been used to promise turning to dust, and worse, and expected that this would be just the same. Pontus Jansson had been that breath of fresh air that they had been waiting for, now all that could have been crumbling with news of Torino having referred the case to FIFA.

Italian press reports at the time, amid the quivering turmoil of Leeds United fans, had stated that Torino were wanting clarification, and not to block the transfer of Jansson from Serie A to the Sky Bet Championship. Italian source Toro News said at the time: “[Torino] hope for a quick resolution of the dispute, which could see Leeds pay the due [amount]and the player to stay at Elland Road.” 

However, fast-forward to today and Leeds fans have received the news that they had been hoping for – delivered courtesy of the Twitter feed of  Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post (YEP).

Writing later in the YEP, Hay has confirmed that Leeds fans can breathe a sigh of relief, even if they are waiting for confirmation of a new head coach/manager. Hay says in his article that Pontus Jansson will become a White on July 1, the Scottish reporter quoting a FIFA spokesman who said: “We can confirm that the parties have solved the matter.”

This all means that it is all systems go as the Whites look to bring Swede Jansson back to Elland Road and begin to build a side worthy of challenging for the play-offs, possibly beyond.


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