A player said to be on Leeds United's radar has instead signed for a Swiss club and now he has been talking about his decision.
Well-respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported back in June that Leeds were interested in bringing the Icelandic midfielder to Elland Road this summer, but ultimately the 27-year-old opted to sign for Basel ahead of all other interested parties.
Speaking about why he chose a move to Switzerland, Bjarnason told TMW, “Why Basel? The club has a great history and has always done well in the Champions League and it is an excellent opportunity for me to improve and to make a step forward in my career.”
Bjarnason would have no doubt been an outstanding signing for Leeds; a quality, experienced central midfielder who can score, create and whose presence would have benefitted the many young players coming through the ranks at Elland Road.
But that was not to be, and Leeds will have to look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements.
In truth Leeds owner Massimo Cellino and new manager Uwe Rosler have impressed with their summer business to date, bringing in the likes of Chris Wood and Sol Bamba, so there is every chance they will continue that by signing the experienced central midfielder needed to push the club towards potential Premier League promotion.
But whoever it is, it will not be Bjarnason, who confirmed that Basel’s history and their presence in Europe’s elite competition was too good to refuse.