By Sam Stone

4th Nov, 2022 | 9:10pm

Leeds United transfer plans could be impacted by Jean-Kevin Augustin saga

Jean-Kevin Augustin is a name Leeds United fans will want to hear the back of – and the latest twist in the tale has rubbed further salt into the wounds.

The 25-year-old, who now plays for FC Basel, featured three times for Leeds in January 2020, whilst on loan from RB Leipzig. The loan move included an obligation to buy the French attacker for £18million should Leeds get promoted to the Premier League.

The Whites secured promotion from the Championship in the 2020/21 season but only after an extended pause to the campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leeds weren’t happy with his loan culminating before the end of the traditional season which has subsequently led to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) making a decision on whether the Whites will have to pay the transfer fee. Sadly for the Yorkshire club, a verdict has been reached (4 November)meaning they will have to pay the agreed sum for the player.

£5.85m is the first instalment which will now need to be paid to the Bundesliga club and this couldn’t have come at a worse time with the January window fast approaching. Unless you’re Manchester City or Newcastle United, money doesn’t grow on trees and this decision could well have an impact on how Jesse Marsch conducts his January business.

He will have his targets, but the budget could be impacted as a result which means he may need to adjust the level of player he is looking at. Victor Orta may well need to reassess how he was going to tackle the winter window, with there potentially now being more of a focus on younger players who could provide better value.

Leeds have to learn from this saga and ensure they never get themselves in a position like this again.

In other Leeds United news, a European club has confirmed they’ll be doing an official farewell for a player who’s been signed by the Whites.