Report: Leeds United lose long-running Jean-Kevin Augustin dispute with RB Leipzig

Leeds United have lost their legal battle with RB Leipzig over Jean-Kevin Augustin, according to German news outlet Bild.

Their report claims FIFA have agreed in Leipzig’s favour and the Bundesliga side have “good prospects” of receiving an £18.1million fee.

Florian Scholz, Commercial Director Sport at Leipzig, told Bild: “We are glad that FIFA confirmed our legal opinion in the first instance.”

However, Bild report that the verdict is not yet legally binding, and that the chances of Leeds United appealing is “very high”.

This is something reiterated by LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross, who wrote on his personal Twitter profile that there was “nothing from Leeds on it yet, but I would expect a swift appeal if correct.”

This has all come about after Leipzig accused Leeds of reneging on their contract clause after the Whites were promoted to the Premier League with Augustin on loan at the club.

However, Leeds sent the French forward back to his parent club before they gained promotion, after the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic meant their season was extended past the terms of his agreement, and they claimed extenuating circumstances had nullified the deal.

Fight it

If the club end up having to shell out an eight-figure fee for someone not even contracted to the club then where does that leave our finances in lieu of the upcoming summer transfer window?

Sure, we’re not exactly paupers, but that’s a pretty hefty sum to pay for a player that barely made an appearance for the Whites.

There’s surely lots of cash in reserve but it would be remiss to think that this may not have an impact on our transfer activity.

All the signs were that the club was confident that they would win this battle, so this is likely to have come as a nasty surprise.

But as Bild and Cross report, the chances are that the Leeds board will launch an appeal, and who knows how long a subsequent process would take.

It’s taken long enough for the initial verdict to be delivered, so we can only imagine how drawn-out it will be if an appeal is indeed lodged.

We’re waiting for the club’s reaction but it’s a rather worrying bit of news to read, as Leipzig look to have won this long-standing battle for now.

In other Leeds United news, a BBC journalist has posted confirmation of a major Whites shake-up at boardroom level.