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Report: Leeds United target Birkir Bjarnason not available for free, potentially costing €3m

Four Serie A clubs are keen on the midfielder, but he will not be as cheap as first believed.

There has been a new development in the future of Birkir Bjarnason, the Pescara and Iceland midfielder who has been linked with a move to Leeds United this summer.

It has been reported in recent weeks that Bjarnason was available on a free transfer at the end of the month. His contract with the Serie B side has reportedly come to an end and he is set to leave for nothing.

That undoubtedly attracted interest from Leeds boss Uwe Rosler, who has managed him before whilst in charge of Norwegian side Viking.

However, a report today suggests that the rumours of his availability have been greatly exaggerated.

In an exclusive from Italian source Calcio Mercato it is reported that Torino and Carpi are joining Palermo, Empoli and Leeds in the hunt for the player.

However, they claim he is not available for free.

They report that he is still under contract with Pescara until 2017 and would cost somewhere between €2.5 and €3 million - far more than Leeds would be likely to pay for the player.

This contradicts most previous reports, which seemed to be universally stating he was out of contract at Pescara.

If he is, it is a great value for money deal, if not, do not expect Leeds to splash the cash.

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