Report: FIFA will conclude Leeds-Augustin dispute this week
Leeds United are set to learn their fate over Jean-Kevin Augustin at the end of this week, according to RB Live.
The German outlet have reported on their website that FIFA will inform the Whites if they need to pay RB Leipzig a previously agreed fee.
Leeds sealed a loan move with an option-to-buy last season but cancelled that once the COVID-19 pandemic hit throughout the globe.
Andrea Radrizzani may still have to fork out £18million for the French forward who has since left the German side.
Augustin now plays for Nantes in France, although fitness issues have once again scuppered his chances of impressing.
Leipzig remain confident over receiving their money, something that Leeds dispute due to the pandemic bringing an end to the contract before the season had ended.
How this is still going on after another full year is simply beyond a joke.
There is clearly no clear answer from FIFA, especially given that there has been an entire season between the dispute starting and nearly ending.
Radrizzani will be looking to hand Marcelo Bielsa another healthy budget this summer, and having to waste nearly £20million of that on a player who will never play for the club would be heartbreaking.
Augustin has had a nightmare couple of years, and it will be hard to see him making a big move ever again after being one of Europe’s brightest talents.
Thankfully, the likes of Raphinha, Rodrigo and Patrick Bamford are continuing to shine at Elland Road, and we won’t need another big-money name in the immediate future.
This has been a big shadow hanging over the club, and hopefully it is thrown out this week.
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