German newspaper Bild have claimed that Leeds United have paid a £1.7million loan fee to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin from Bundesliga side RedBull Leipzig this month – and have a hefty permanent clause included in the deal, too.
Augustin, 22, was confirmed as having joined Leeds on Monday morning as The Whites finally brought in a striker to replace the loss of Eddie Nketiah – who returned to Arsenal earlier this month, after failing to secure the requierd game time.
France Under-21 international Augustin has become Leeds’ third signing of the month, after Elia Caprile and Ian Poveda. He was on loan at Monaco from Leipzig, but the Germans cancelled his loan in order to allow Leeds to sign Augustin.
It is believed Monaco were going to pay around £3.4million to have Augustin for the entire campaign on loan, but his change in loan means Leeds have taken paid half of the temporary fee. Leeds also have the chance to sign Augustin, if they go up.
However, such a fee will be a whopping £17.7million. That fee will only be available if the Whites gain promotion.
TBR’s view – Is a total fee of £19.4million value for money?
The jury is out. Augustin has an incredible CV and is still a very young player looking to find a permanent home for the next few years. Leipzig looked to be that place, after 67 senior outings and 20 goals, but Timo Werner has put an end to that.
If Augustin comes in and scores between 10 and 15 goals during the second half of the season, that permanent clause instantly becomes value for money. But only then, is he worth such a large outlay.