Leeds United’s summer spending has fans at the club quite excited, even if new arrivals Robin Koch and Rodrigo Moreno might have had a difficult start to life for the West Yorkshire club in their 4-3 loss to Liverpool at the weekend.
But one person who is clearly not happy to see Leeds making such moves in the transfer market is RB Leipzig commercial sporting director Florian Scholz.
His anger appears to relate to the future of Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Leeds signed Augustin on loan in January in an eye-catching deal but injury and fitness concerns meant his stay was forgettable. However, that deal contained a clause which would mean Leeds having to sign the Frenchman should they win promotion. Leeds did that, but no longer wanted to sign the striker in a deal which would be worth a reported (Bild) £17.7 million.
It has led to reports of potential legal action, as Leeds consider the extenuating circumstances of the global health crisis just cause to nullify any permanent deal.
Now, Scholz has made it clear in quotes reported by SportBuzzer that he fully expects Leeds to pay the fee.
“The legal situation is clear,” he declared. “Leeds is currently in the process of spending a lot of money on the transfer market but does not stand by its contractual obligations.
“We are ready to take further steps,” said Scholz, threatening potential legal action.
Leeds will no doubt be hoping they can successfully argue that, due to the season’s extension, a deal to sign Augustin is no longer valid but Leipzig feel comfortable that they are indeed owed money.
The Whites will not want to spend such a big sum on a player they would, presumably, immediately look to offload so this still looks like a case that will rumble on.
As for Leipzig, they want the money themselves so they can raise funds to help build on their exciting team which made the semi-final of last season’s Champions League.
This seems like messy business which could end up rumbling on for a long time yet.