It has certainly been a good week for Leeds United fans. After defeating Barnsley, results have gone their way. First, West Brom lost to Huddersfield which secured a long-awaited promotion and then Brentford’s loss against Stoke City confirmed the Whites as champions.
But it seems not everything is plain sailing for Leeds United at the moment, as the situation regarding Jean-Kevin Augustin looks like it could get ugly.
That is according to a report from SPORT1 in Germany.
The report revolves around the future of Jean-Kevin Augustin. When the Frenchman signed on loan in January it was heralded as a coup. Unfortunately, injury and fitness prevented him from having any significant impact at Elland Road, and the Frenchman was not kept on until the end of the season when lockdown saw the Championship extended.
But it was widely reported that Leeds agreed a permanent buying option in the Augustin deal when signing him on loan.
Now, according to the SPORT1 report, Leeds are debating the eligibility of the clause considering the impact of the global health crisis and the subsequent delay. Leeds’ argument appears to be that Augustin’s loan spell ended before they were promoted, meaning the permanent agreement is null and void.
Augustin’s parent club, RB Leipzig, are adamant that Leeds owe them the money.
The report seems to suggest that neither side is getting overly animated about the issue so far. It seems there is confusion on both sides regarding the situation. Therefore, FIFA lawyers have been called in to clarify whether or not Leeds have to pay Leipzig and sign Augustin permanently this summer.
As reported by Bild, the fee involved for Leeds to sign Augustin permanently would amount to £17.7 million, a huge fee for a player Leeds have seemingly decided does not fit into the Marcelo Bielsa ethos.
It looks like it could be a messy situation for Leeds but hopefully the club does not end up having to use a huge chunk of their transfer budget on a player they do not want.