Leeds United to learn Jean-Kevin Augustin with Court of Arbitration meeting set for today - Adam Pope
The Court of Arbitration will sit today to decide if Leeds United will need to pay RB Leipzig for Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Adam Pope of the BBC has shared the major update with the Whites having appealed the decision after FIFA ruled they must pay £18million.
Leeds decided against their obligation to buy Augustin after promotion to the Premier League two years ago.
The £18million deal was set to be paid in three instalments to the German club, who have since parted company with Augustin.
Leeds argued that the contract of the striker should have been reverted back to RB Leipzig after the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the end of the 2019-20 season.
The Whites had big concerns regarding Augustin’s fitness, and the pandemic meant that they could not meet the fee in the end.
FIFA ruled in favour of RB Leipzig initially and ordered Leeds to pay the first instalment, with failure to do so potentially leading to a transfer embargo.
Since that, Leeds appealed and their case will be heard in Switzerland today.
Time has come.
This has to come to an end at some stage, and it looks as though there will be a decision sooner rather than later.
Andrea Radrizzani may have to cough up the first instalment with even more interest, but having appealed, he must be confident of having a case to avoid that.
It would be a ludicrous decision.
Looking at Augustin now, he hasn’t been with RB Leipzig for ages and is now playing at Nantes, and only featured for 48 minutes at Elland Road.
The Courts have to take this into consideration, but things are stacked against the Whites given they agreed to the deal in the first place.
Radrizzani and the board will be pushing everything forward to try and avoid this, but it looks as though they will have their answer one way or another soon.
In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani has broken his silence on Twitter sharing when he will leave the club