In all the excitement about incoming transfers, it’s been all too easy to forget about a potential problem on the horizon for Leeds United.
Forgotten man Jean-Kevin Augustin won’t feature at Leeds again after his disastrous loan spell but his name is set to feature in a lot of Leeds stories over the next week or two.
Now, RB Leipzig’s sporting director, Markus Krosche, has confirmed what a lot of Leeds fans were worried about – that his club will seek legal redress over the deal.
His statement was posted by BBC journalist Adam Pope on Wednesday.
Leeds had an obligation to make the Augustin deal permanent if they were promoted.
Leeds are now playing in the Premier League but are arguing that they weren’t promoted when Augustin’s deal ran out – because of the delay in the Championship over the Coronavirus outbreak.
RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krösche on the latest over the Jean-Kevin Augustin situation with #lufc: "There is a contract. Both parties in their right mind signed it & this contract applies. I hope our lawyers will solve the problem in the coming days." (cont) pic.twitter.com/nplemmcRMd
— Adam Pope (@apopey) September 23, 2020
With RB Leipzig seeking redress, Leeds could be facing a sizeable bill, although neither player nor Leeds see a future for the player at Elland Road.
RB Leipzig don’t want him either and it’s left the player in legal limbo for now.
We feel for him but hope that Leeds aren’t left to stump up the full amount.
Some fans are even more worried with one asking whether Leeds will get a transfer ban over it. That’s highly unlikely. Another says he thinks Leeds have acted pretty poorly over the whole deal.
One even wants Leeds to buy him and for Augustin to come back to Leeds to play – that’s even more unlikely than the remote possibility of getting a transfer ban.
We think a compromise solution will be worked out that suits all parties but it could yet cost Leeds more money.
Here are the best of the reactions to the Augustin situation…
Personally want him to come. It’s the right thing to do. The entire fan base and club were buzzing to get him and it’s a shame he hasn’t been fully fit as of yet.
Hopefully he comes and doesn’t resent the club too much because we’ve handled this poorly.
— Ellis Platten – AwayDays (@ellis_platten) September 23, 2020
his body can't cope with Bielsa training unfortunately.
we can't afford to have an 18 million pound player that can't play.
— nader 2020🌹 (@RussianBot3002) September 23, 2020
I believe he has fully fit but I too many bridges have been burnt with JKA he’s going to resent the club so much with how things have gone
— Ashley westerman (@Ashwesty) September 23, 2020
Im sure leeds will feel they are on solid ground, if not they would have paid up and quietly moved him on at a loss. The fact that this guy is even making this kind of public statement sound more like trying to make a moral fight. Why shout. Unless you know you might loose
— Leeds United 💙💛⚽️ (@PaulLeggott) September 23, 2020
I feel pretty bad for JKA to be fair
— PJH LUFC (@pistol1603) September 23, 2020
The way the club has conducted itself over this with complete disregard for the player is very disappointing
— Adam Cater (@cater_adam) September 23, 2020
Surely JKA has to want to come to Leeds for the buy option to be applicable, considering how he departed I can't imagine he would want to move to LUFC knowing he will never be fit enough and get any games ?
— Simon💙💛 (@SydidoAv) September 23, 2020
The contract expired at the end of a May when we had not been promoted, the lawyers will tell us we have no obligation to buy 🤷♂️
— Richard Lang (@richardlang05) September 23, 2020
Is this why we are buying big. Could we get a transfer ban !!
— Charlie Curran (@peppercornchef1) September 23, 2020
Not the clubs finest hour…what a mess.
— Paul Crosbie (@pnxb1019) September 23, 2020
Genuinely forgot all about this
— Oliver White 🏆 (@OliWhiteMOT93) September 23, 2020
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