Report: Icelandic international and Leeds United target Birkir Bjarnason's Torino move collapses

Uwe Rosler

The Pescara midfielder appears to be available again after his wage demands changed at Torino.

Leeds United may be in with a shout of signing Pescara midfielder Birkir Bjarnason after all, after his proposed move to Torino collapsed yesterday. According to reports in Italy a host of clubs have been alerted to his availability as his deal to join Torino collapsed.

The report, from La Gazzetta dello Sport, claims that the deal fell apart over a last minute change in his wage demands.

They claim that Bjarnason was all set to complete a €1 million (£700,000) deal to join the club this summer. He had agreed personal terms and a deal looked to be completed yesterday. However, Bjarnason’s camp decided they wanted €500,000 a year rather than the €450,000 that had been previously arranged.

The deal therefore looks to be off and the 27-year-old Icelandic international is now back on the radar for clubs like Palermo and Atalanta – while Leeds will likely be keen.

Uwe Rosler worked with Bjarnason at Viking in Norway and Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported on his official website that Leeds were keen on the player at the start of June.

Leeds are believed to be in the hunt for a left-winger and a new central midfielder in order to complete their summer transfer plans – Bjarnason can play in both positions, although is more adept centrally.

So the news he might be back on the market will undoubtedly have Uwe Rosler’s attention.

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