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Dan Plumley has insisted that Leeds are set to take a real gamble as the legal battle involving RB Leipzig and Jean-Kevin Augustin has sprung into life yet again in recent weeks.
BILD has reported that the Whites risk paying an extra €340,000 [£306,000] in interest if they lose the case to pay the €21million [£18.4million] transfer fee which was never exercised.
The Finance Expert admitted that the risk and rewards of legal battles are clear with Leeds within their rights to do this as they await an answer from the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS].
“When you look at those numbers, that’s when the gamble is probably worth taking,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.
“Obviously, if it comes off, it is worthwhile. Wider, you see this a lot, clubs will stall in this stuff right until they get to CAS, so there is a stalling tactic when you can keep pushing it and see what CAS think about it.
“You are trying to exhaust all options until you get to the final verdict, so that is an understandable factor behind it. If you roll the dice and it lands in your favour, then €340,000 will be considered to be a good payment compared to not paying €21million.
“The downside is if you gamble and you don’t get the verdict, then you’ve incurred an extra cost, that is the gamble and the risk and rewards of legal battles.”
This has been going on for years now.
Leeds have already seen this go against them and now this final appeal will see it end for good, although nothing appears to be imminent which will be frustrating for all parties.
Andrea Radrizzani has rolled the dice and he may as well at this stage, with the payout a huge sum that he could do without paying as he moves forward at Elland Road.
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