Leeds selling Jansson to Fulham could hamper their promotion hopes

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to reputable Telegraph journalist Matt Law, Fulham are keen on signing Pontus Jansson from Leeds United.

This isn’t the first United player that Scott Parker’s team have shown an interest in this summer as they have previously looked at Adam Forshaw.

What’s the story?

This could be a summer of significant departures for the Whites. Jack Clarke has already moved to Spurs for a fee in excess of £9m, and now Jansson is being targeted by the London club.

With the club rejecting a move worth around £10m for the Swede last summer, the Whites could be in for another hefty windfall if they choose to sell the 28-year-old.

Shouldn’t sell to a rival

This is the second time this summer Fulham have looked at a Leeds player, but unlike Forshaw, Jansson is a key man at Elland Road.

The Swede has been one of the first names on the teamsheet for Marcelo Bielsa since he arrived at the club, making 39 appearances in the league last term, and losing him to a direct Championship rival could come back to bite them.

Only three teams go up from this division each season, and if Leeds sell Jansson to Fulham, it will certainly aid the latter’s chances of taking one of those spots.

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If Jansson is indeed set to leave the club, Leeds should be selling him to a team they’re not in direct competition with, or else it could cause real problems for their own promotion aspirations.

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