The saga surrounding Jean-Kevin Augustin’s future has taken another twist after RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche confirmed to Kicker that he expects Leeds United to pay an obligatory £19million fee.
Augustin, 23, joined Leeds on loan in January as the Whites looked to add fire power to their push for promotion from the Championship. A £3.5million fee was paid to sign him on loan.
It was also claimed that an obligatory permanent fee would be paid if the Whites gained promotion. But Augustin managed just three substitute appearances due to injury and a lack of fitness under Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds cancelled his loan on June 30 and – despite promotion – are confident they do not have to pay the £19million clause to sign him permanently. Leipzig chief Krosche, though, is expecting the clause will be paid.
“Leeds have been promoted, so the purchase obligation comes into effect,” Krosche said. “I assume things will now go according to plan.”
TBR’s view – £19m Augustin deal would be a bitter Leeds blow
The Whites are likely to be careful in the upcoming transfer market with what limited funds they have to use. They have just spend £16million to sign Helder Costa permanently – while deals for three loan players could follow.
Leeds are keen to keep Illan Meslier, Jack Harrison and Ben White – though the latter is expected to prove expensive. So adding another £19million into that is a blow and could affect Leeds if they to try to sign any other players.