RB Leipzig have formally asked FIFA to determine whether or not they are entitled to compensation from Leeds United for Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Phil Hay has reported on Tuesday that Leipzig have submitted a fresh claim to the governing body, despite the French forward now playing for Nantes.
Leeds had an obligation to buy Augustin last season but argued that ran out after the Championship season was extended due to COVID-19.
A FIFA spokesperson has shared a statement regarding this new stage, and couldn’t share too many details between the two clubs.
“FIFA can confirm that it has received a claim from RB Leipzig against Leeds United,” they told the Athletic.
“The matter is currently still being investigated and consequently we cannot provide any further comments.”
Leipzig have maintained throughout that they are entitled to the full £18million that was included in the loan deal to bring Augustin to Elland Road last season.
That is one of three outcomes. The others are Leeds paying nothing, and FIFA demanding that the Whites pay a reduced fee if necessary.
FIFA allowed Augustin to join Nantes this summer, as neither Leeds nor Leipzig considered the player their own and they didn’t want him to be a free agent.
The one thing that could work in Leeds and Andrea Radrizzani’s favour, is that FIFA never instructed clubs to honour or extend clauses in any upcoming transfers during the pandemic.
On that basis, the Whites could have the upperhand in these talks, but time will tell whether or not Radrizzani will be forced to cough up the substantial fee.
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