Leeds face entirely unexpected transfer payout for Jean-Kevin Augustin
Leeds United are set for an “entirely unexpected” transfer payout for Jean-Kevin Augustin, according to The Price of Football podcast host Kevin Day.
Speaking to football finance expert Kieran Maguire, Day claimed that Leeds’ finances could suffer an unwanted dent due to their dispute with RB Leipzig over whether Augustin should have been signed permanently last year.
Leipzig’s commercial director Florian Scholz, via LeedsLive, has said that FIFA have “confirmed” the Germany club’s “legal opinion” over the matter.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Price of Football podcast, Day said “Leeds United have had a really good season and we haven’t had much necessity to talk about them but they’re facing a big, if not entirely unexpected, transfer payout.”
Maguire replied: “I think the deal was if Leeds are promoted by June 30, i.e. the normal end of the season, the deal would have become permanent.
“Now the 2019/20 season, as we know, was extended because of the pandemic and therefore it didn’t finish until July.
“Therefore Leeds weren’t formally promoted until July but it now looks as if there has been a ruling that Leeds will have to play for this player, who I think played a grand total of 42 minutes of football during that loan period.
“Leeds fans don’t want him, I don’t think he wants to play at Leeds because he’s certainly not been playing for them for the last 12 months but of course it comes down to money.
“The initial feeling is that Leeds are going to have to pay a fee for this for a player they don’t want, for a person that doesn’t want to be playing at Leeds, which doesn’t reflect particularly well on the nature of football and the way transfers are organised.”
Worst loan deal ever?
We really do feel sorry for Augustin because it’s not his fault that he suffered so many injury and fitness issues at Elland Road.
He tried so hard to get himself fit but he was constantly injured and there’s no surprise that the Whites didn’t want to sign him come the end of his loan spell.
Augustin’s ghost is still haunting Leeds though and it seems as though the Yorkshire club might have to pay out a big fee to cover the costs of the deal they agreed with Leipzig last January.
The French striker, who’s now at Nantes, was signed on a loan-to-buy basis with Leeds having to sign him permanently upon promotion.
As Maguire explained, that’s where the conflict occurs.
It remains to be seen how this will all be resolved but there’s no doubt the Whites will take it all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if they have to.
Unfortunately for Augustin, his career is looking as though it has been wrecked by what happened at Leeds with the once-promising striker playing just three times for Nantes this season.
The last time he played competitively was in November as a 16-minute appearance off the bench as a substitute.
We really do wish he can get his career back on track.
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