With the largely unexpected news of Pontus Jansson’s quick £5.5million switch out to Brentford earlier this week amidst plenty of fall out claims with manager Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United, there is one part of the story that doesn’t appear to ring true.
Bielsa had already had plenty of praise of Pontus and his efforts last season and on his departure Pontus also had plenty of praise for the gaffer, albeit with a comment about the distance our Argentine likes from players and language issues that didn’t leave things ‘easy’.
Jansson to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: “Leeds needed to sell to balance the books because of FFP and they saw that they could make some money out of me.” #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) July 9, 2019
However, when coming up for an explanation of the quick transfer out, Jansson told reports that it was down to Financial Fair Play concerns as he was a saleable asset – but if that was the case why was the fee so low?
Whatever your thoughts on the modern day legend, that just sadly doesn’t tally and plenty picked up on it and plenty more were confused, even if some of the reactions in all directions were childish.
Jack Clarke was all profit for FFP, even allowing for the arrival of Kiko Casilla, I struggle to see this would even be a cash flow or wage related sale but that fee stands out. Yes, there’ll be profit for FFP on Jansson, but if this was truly FFP related, it would be another youngster out the door like Kalvin Phillips.
Are we being taken for mugs by Radrizzani Adam because that’s how it feels?
— Rich (@Rich1574) July 9, 2019
Phil said last week FFP sorted with Clarke deal. Pontus making excuses for behaviour
— david ireland-kimmer (@davidirelandkim) July 9, 2019
His own brother said it was Bielsa's decision to sell and the club tried to change his mind.
— Matt Keir (@MattKeirUK) July 9, 2019
You honestly believe that's true!? If it was about balancing the books for FFP, Leeds would have held out for a LOT more money. The fact that we had to sell for such a low figure to a same division rival – neither of which are ideal – shows there was an underlying factor there!
— Adam Southwick ???????? (@adam_southwick) July 9, 2019
How bad are the finances at Leeds popey are we in trouble and do you still think there's a good chance KP will leave aswell?
— Jordan Townend (@Jordan91966387) July 9, 2019
@Mike_J_Thornton Is this feasible? It would suggest that the losses were suddenly ‘so bad’ that we had to sell him for peanuts for an immediate cash flow issue? Surely can’t be accurate. He went for well below market value. Drastically below. Doesn’t make sense. #LUFC
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) July 9, 2019
It's obviously a Bielsa decision, a football decision, and not one forced on us cos of FFP. One good young un a year there. Last year Vieira, this year Clarke
— Keep fighting ???? ???? (@sam51h) July 9, 2019
If that was true we would have held out for a better deal no chance I'm buying that
— JT (@lufc_) July 9, 2019
Don’t believe this at all. If this was he case we’d get rid of the fringe players quick. Especially for the money we got for him.
— Parma (@Parma__D) July 9, 2019
He literally went for £5m?? Not buying that ????
— Gabriel (@bethgabriel_) July 9, 2019