Liverpool beating Southampton to Leeds star Jansson would be cutting out £50m middle man

Leeds' Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring their first goal

Should Liverpool try and beat Southampton to Leeds' Pontus Jansson, as has been suggested in his homeland?

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the gamePontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the game

Pontus Jansson's long term Leeds United future is in doubt, with Swedish newspaper Expressen reporting Liverpool may show an interest.

A move from the Reds would see them battle Premier League competitors Southampton to Jansson's signature, who were linked with making a 'triple-your-money' offer to Jansson at the weekend in a Sun report, and SkySports following this up yesterday.

Jansson's terrific performances this campaign in central defence saw him voted into the EFL Team of the Season and have propelled Leeds into play-off contention.

He would be a cheaper alternative for Liverpool than Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, linked by The Star with a £50 million move.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk heads clearSouthampton's Virgil van Dijk heads clear

In moving for Jansson instead of Van Dijk, Liverpool would make a substantial saving, with the Leeds star valued at £10 million.

While not tested at Premier League level, Jansson is an international for Sweden, and helped his side to a fightback against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal last month with his side keeping a clean sheet in the 45 minutes he was on the pitch.

Liverpool do not have a bottomless pit of money to spend like Manchester City or Chelsea, and have to buy shrewdly.

A move for Jansson would be a calculated one, and cut Southampton's Van Dijk from the equation, whose sale would prompt the Saints to push fot the Leeds defender themselves.

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