RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche has opened up on the situation regarding former Leeds United loanee Jean-Kevin Augustin.
The Whites signed the Frenchman on loan in January but he struggled with fitness during his time at Elland Road. He barely featured and was not considered after the Championship restart.
But Leeds agreed a deal to sign the striker should they win promotion to the Premier League, which they did.
However, Leeds are now unwilling to conclude the permanent transfer, suggesting the global health crisis and extension of the league season might null and void the buying clause.
But Leipzig director Krösche cannot believe Leeds’ stance and is now highlighting the impact this might be having on the player himself.
“The status is unchanged from the last few weeks, but the legal situation is clear,” Krösche told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “Why Leeds are acting the way they are acting, I can not judge. It is now our lawyers’ turn.
“I repeat. Again, when the contracts were signed back then, everyone was aware that the contracts are clear. I hope for a quick solution, because there is a player and a person behind it.”
The same report suggested that Leipzig are expecting to receive a €21 million fee (£19m) from Leeds for the player.
Of course, it is understandable that Leeds would not want to conclude the deal, considering he is not considered an option for Marcelo Bielsa. The Whites have already replaced him, with Spanish international frontman Rodrigo arriving at Elland Road this summer.
But it is important to remember that, at the centre of all this, is a young man who wants to play football but is currently not wanted by either party who can claim ownership.
Hopefully, for the player’s sake, Leeds and Leipzig can come to an agreement as soon as possible.