Pontus Jansson has agreed terms to leave Leeds United for fellow Championship outfit Brentford, according to Football Insider.
The Swede will sign for the Bees for a fee of £5.5 million, subject to a medical, representing a profit of £2 million on his signing from Italian side Torino.
And it is thought that he will receive a significant pay increase to seal the move to south-west London.
The deal is likely to be a difficult one to stomach for Leeds fans, who have taken Jansson to their hearts since he originally signed on loan in the summer of 2016.
Such was his form in that first campaign under the management of Garry Monk, the centre-back was linked with a move to the Premier League, but the Whites acted decisively to snap him up on a permanent transfer before the end of that season.
He has continued to be one of the star performers at Elland Road in the intervening years, with his displays earning him a berth in Sweden’s squad for the 2018 World Cup, but manager Marcelo Bielsa appears to view him as a disruptive presence in the changing room and has moved decisively to resolve the problem.
As Phil Hay pointed out on Twitter, the speed of the negotiations suggests that all parties were keen for a quick split.
Brentford was hardly the obvious move (everyone assumed there would be PL interest) but the fact that both Leeds and Jansson have gone for it tells you a quick resolution suited them both and a reprieve was out of the question.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) July 7, 2019
While Leeds supporters will be sad to see him depart the club, there is a great deal of trust in Bielsa’s judgement and they will doubtless back the Argentine’s decision.
Having so nearly guided the Yorkshire outfit to the Premier League last term, he will be keen to mount another title challenge this time around and will use the funds from Jansson’s sale, and that of Jack Clarke to Tottenham, to make astute changes to the squad over the summer.
Clarke was loaned back as part of that deal, while Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Helder Costa and Jack Harrison from Manchester City have also secured temporary moves.