Beren Cross: Leeds won't have to pay JKA money for months if case is lost
The ongoing case between Leeds United and RB Leipzig over Jean-Kevin Augustin is set to rumble on for many more months, according to Beren Cross.
Despite recent updates suggesting that the German club had received positive updates, the Whites look likely to appeal should they lose the case.
That would lead to Andrea Radrizzani having to fork out £18million for the Frenchman, but Cross insisted that they won’t have to pay anything across the next transfer window.
Writing in a Leeds Live Q&A on Thursday afternoon, Cross shared an update that looks as though it will be the Whites who are set to lose this case.
“The Augustin saga still has many more months to play out before Leeds are in a position where they have to pay anything to RB Leipzig,” he wrote.
“As it stands, FIFA’s initial judgement is on the German club’s side. While no final judgement has been made, the governing body does believe at this stage, Leeds should be paying out as per the terms of the loan deal.
“However, as RBL have admitted themselves, there is still more time for this to go through with FIFA before ultimately it is appealed by whichever club loses (it looks like Leeds at the moment). It will eventually go to CAS.
“I can’t say for certain where Augustin’s registration will lie if Leeds are forced to pay out, but I’d expect he stays where he is after RBL and Leeds both washed their hands of him last summer.”
We are glad that an appeal would arise should we eventually lose this case, but this initial finding isn’t leaving us in a positive mindset.
Thankfully, that will push the Whites past our next batch of television deal money, and the summer window, meaning it won’t affect our plans in the market.
Augustin may have to go down as one of the worst signings in our recent history, and nearly in the same category as Ouasim Bouy, although nothing will beat that.
The Frenchman is continuing to prove he isn’t ready to play, especially after his nightmare year with Nantes after Leeds and Leipzig both cut ties with the forward.
Cross’ update makes it sound as though we won’t own the player, even if we have to spend this money, so we cross our fingers this £18million can be wiped away.
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