Eintracht Trier manager Bjorn Berers has confirmed that Leeds United have delivered their first instalment owed for the signing of Robin Koch.
News broke recently that the Whites owed solidarity payments to Eintracht Trier, Kaiserslautern and SV Dorbach after they contributed to Koch’s development before Freiburg.
Trier had involved lawyers after Leeds had reportedly failed to send the first instalment, something Phil Hay described as nothing more than a “storm in a teacup.”
Speaking to Volksfreund on Sunday evening, Berers confirmed that the first payment of just over 100,000 euros (£89,000) had been transferred.
“Immediately after our second letter from our lawyer, we received feedback from Leeds that we still had to submit a document on the association’s stationery. We did that right away. And now the money came,” he said.
SV Dorbach chairman Simon Berg has also shared an update, claiming he is expecting the Whites to hand over their share sooner rather than later.
“There was no money in the account on Saturday evening. I hope that it will be ready on Monday,” he said.
One club down, two to go.
As Hay mentioned previously, the German clubs were certainly making a mountain out a molehill, and there was no need to involved lawyers.
Eintracht Trier are now expected further payments in September of this year and 2022, with that only adding up to around £267,000.
That is nothing in terms of money that the Whites have spent, and Andrea Radrizzani will likely pay them as soon as possible given the reaction to the slightly late payment this season.
Koch is currently injured but has definitely made an impression at Elland Road.
The 24-year-old quickly became a fixture in the defence, with only Liam Cooper making more interceptions per game according to WhoScored.
The Premier League hands the Whites more financial security, and this will be long-forgotten about in a matter of months.
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