Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has been subject to a big-money bid from Russia, according to Phil Hay. Leeds United have rejected a bid of around £10 million for the Sweden international and it’s unclear whether another bid will come in for the player.
Jansson hasn’t started a league game for the club this season, playing just once in the League Cup and appearing off the bench for the final couple of minutes in the 2-0 win over Rotherham. The news that a big bid has come in for the player isn’t a surprise, there has constantly been speculation regarding his future since he arrived at the club, Swedish media always revealing stories that seemed to get lost in translation.
Reports in Sweden of Russian interest in Pontus Jansson. It's true that Leeds did receive a bid from Krasnodar (somewhere close to £10m). Bid was turned down. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 23, 2018
Today’s news that Krasnodar have made a move for the player will worry Leeds fans despite the bid being rejected. Nothing has been confirmed by the club but Jansson is thought of as one of, if not the most important player at the club. An injury to Liam Cooper in the warm up on Tuesday means a return to fitness for Jansson is crucial before the next couple of games. Despite the excellent form of Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper a team with Jansson is stronger.
Jansson has struggled to get into the side simply because of the World Cup situation. The player and nation had a brilliant tournament, starting the opening game and keeping a clean sheet before appearing in the quarter-final against England as a late substitute. He returned late from his holidays as pre-arranged but was then lagging with fitness and tactically for Marcelo Bielsa who stuck with Berardi and Cooper, neither putting a foot wrong so far.