'Dead in the water' – Exclusive: Pundit makes big claim about Augustin, RB Leipzig and Leeds
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Paul Robinson has said he thinks that any hopes of RB Leipzig getting any money out of Leeds for Jean-Kevin Augustin are “dead in the water”.
After a disastrous loan move to Leeds, Augustin moved on a free transfer to Nantes in October.
BBC journalist Adam Pope claimed that Leipzig still want their cash but Robinson believes that Leeds can use a “simple loophole” to get out of the £18m obligation they had to buy the player if promoted.
JKA joining Nantes still leaves the dispute between #lufc & RB Leipzig open. Florian Scholz, Commercial Manager of RB Leipzig, said today they still want the money as the contract applies & that he is no longer an RB Leipzig player but all is in the hands of their lawyers. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) October 6, 2020
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I don’t think they’ll be held to that obligation. You can’t pay £18m for a player who doesn’t want to play in your team.
“It’s quite a simple loophole for Leeds to get out of. You can’t sign a player who doesn’t want to come to you.
“This is dead in the water. I’m surprised he got a new club so quickly but there’s obviously an underlying talent there and he’s the sort of player that managers will see as a challenge and think they can get the best out of him.
“It’s similar to Patrick Bamford in a way. He’s 27 and has had 10 clubs already. Marcelo Bielsa seems to be the manager who can get the best out of him.
“Augustin needs to find his Bielsa.”
We sincerely hope that Augustin does find his Bielsa at Nantes.
Through the whole process, which must have been painful for him, Augustin remained a true professional and even wished the Leeds fans all the best after making his free move.
It was a very classy move from a player who needs a break in his career.
— Jean-Kévin Augustin (@33_augustin) October 6, 2020
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