Jean-Kevin Augustin’s “career here is over”. That’s what “sources close to” the player have told The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Bielsa isn’t a man who’s known for changing his mind on a player and it seems that Augustin failed the manager’s strict fitness test.
Leeds are now looking to get out of an expensive £18m obligation to buy Augustin from RB Leipzig and it looks like this one will be decided by the lawyers.
German outlet Kicker claim RB Leipzig have said it’s a watertight contract and will take legal action if Leeds don’t pay up.
If there’s no way back for him at the club then Leeds will need to offload the player.
But there could be a big problem here.
Augustin is on a whacking €93k-a-week at Leipzig and his contract with them expires in 2022. Phil Hay has claimed that personal terms with Augustin would have been agreed by Leeds when the obligation to sign him was agreed.
that’s his current wage at Leipzig, or thereabouts
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 1, 2020
Augustin is unlikely to have taken a big wage cut to sign for Leeds and we think he will likely be the highest-paid player at the club if Leeds do end up signing him.
If he doesn’t play, how are Leeds going to convince another club to pay that much money, plus anywhere near £18m in a fee, for a player who has now flopped wherever he’s been?
That’s a real problem for the club and if it does go to court it could prove to be one of the most important issues of the summer for Leeds.
We have to hope that there’s a way out of the contract but Leipzig are confident and these contracts are normally airtight.
The only hope seems to be the fact that the season has been extended because of the Coronavirus outbreak and the impact that might have on a player who now has no loan ties with Leeds.
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