It’s D-Day for Leeds United and Jean-Kevin Augustin on Tuesday.
His loan contract expires on June 30 and we’re expecting Leeds to announce that he’s returned to RB Leipzig.
He doesn’t look like he’s going to be fit enough to play any part in the remaining games this season.
However, if he does go back, we would expect that’s the last we’ll see of the striker at Leeds.
If Leeds were going to sign him on a permanent deal then we’d expect the player to stay at Elland Road and continue his development under Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa himself was very non-committal in his pre-Fulham press conference.
Phil Hay wrote on The Athletic after the 3-0 win against Fulham: “I asked Bielsa on Thursday whether he had any realistic chance of playing this season. Bielsa wouldn’t commit to saying yes or no. It’s an odd situation though and like you, I’d like more clarity on it. I think above all, I’d like some clarity on what the state of play is with the obligation to sign him – and whether Leeds will try to get out of it.”
Augustin has already cost Leeds a lot of money.
According to German outlet Kicker, Leeds have paid a £3.5m loan fee and would have to pay an extra £18.8m to make his transfer permanent.
They claim it’s an obligation if they get promoted. But, if Augustin heads back to Germany tomorrow – and we think that’s what’s going to happen – we think Leeds will find a way out of the club-record deal.
After the initial excitement of Augustin fizzled out, we don’t think Leeds fans will mind him not signing after what’s happened.
It will leave Leeds looking for at least one new striker this summer – hopefully in readiness for their first season back in the Premier League.
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