Leeds owner Cellino has been determined to sign Jansson since 2014

Pontus Jansson

Leeds United are closing on the signature of Pontus Jansson, but who is picking the players?

Pontus JanssonPontus Jansson

Leeds United are closing in on signing defender Pontus Jansson, with Gianluca di Marzio reporting the defender is set to agree a season long loan.

Jansson currently plays for Torino and is a Swedish international, but one who has fallen out of favour at the Serie A side.

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) and Pontus Jansson celebrate after the matchSweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) and Pontus Jansson celebrate after the match

With goals conceded in all four matches played this season, Leeds need to strengthen, and Jansson has a season to prove he is deserving of a permanent deal.

He is a player who has been on Leeds owner Massimo Cellino's radar for quite some time.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport reported how Jansson was wanted by Cellino's Cagliari in early 2014.

The report stated that Cellino and his sporting director Nicola Salerno had been tracking the defender, and aimed to bring him to the club on a free transfer later that summer.

Prospective new Leeds owner Massimo Cellino arrives at Vicarage Road before the gameLeeds owner Massimo Cellino 

Cellino shortly after exited Cagliari to complete his takeover at Leeds, and Jansson went onto sign with Torino.

Now it appears the Italian owner is getting his man, although it is unclear who exactly is pulling the strings over this potential deal.

Assistant boss Pep Clotet worked with Jansson during his time managing Malmo, and knows all about what the player can bring.

The one aspect of his arrival which will disappoint fans is that the signing is another loan. There had been a hope that Leeds could splash the cash after selling Lewis Cook to Bournemouth, but since then they have been scrapping for bargains.

Cellino's previous interest suggests this signing was a mutual decision between himself and the management team, but whether Jansson would have been Garry Monk's first choice had he been given more money to spend, is another matter.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

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