On, off, on again – sounds like the chorus of a Status Quo hit; fear not though as it’s just another Leeds United transfer. Things are never simple up Elland Road way, this being the case in the prolonged wrangle of a transfer over Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.
Bjarnason, Pescara’s 12-goal central midfielder of last season, was due to sign for Torino in the off-season before talks ‘broke down’ amid rumours that Leeds United had thrown a spanner in the works by offering a better deal at the last minute. Increasingly frustrated, Torino gave Bjarnason and his entourage 48 hours to agree to the deal that the club had tabled – this deadline ticking down until today.
In the latest twist, it seems that first Palermo have expressed an interest with Swiss team FC Basel also entering the fray as Bjarnason now becomes a man courted by four teams in Torino, Palermo, Basel and Leeds United. Italian website tuttomercatoweb have said that,
“Possibile trasferimento in Svizzera per l’islandese, tutto dipende da Torino e Palermo.” – tuttomercatoweb
“Possible relocation to Switzerland for the Icelandic [player], it all depends on Turin and Palermo.” – translated
With Bjarnason’s future looking more likely to be away from Italy, could it very well be that it is the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland where the Icelandic Thor’s footballing future lies rather than the green turf of LS11?