It looks like Leeds United fans have seen the last of Jean-Kevin Augustin despite an £18m obligation existing to sign him.
Augustin signed for the club on loan in January but didn’t start a game and Leeds decided not to extend his loan when it expired at the end of June.
There has been no official update from Leeds but German outlet Kicker has said that Leeds will face legal action if they try to back out of the obligation, as looks likely.
Now, in a major update on The Athletic on Sunday evening, Hay claimed that he had spoken to “sources close to Augustin” and said the player has “no expectation of playing for the club again.”
“Sources close to Augustin have told The Athletic that after 48 minutes in a Leeds shirt and a struggle to cope with Bielsa’s training, his career here is over,” Hay wrote.
“He has no expectation of playing for the club again and does not think Bielsa has any intention of persisting with him.
“All that remains is a battle between Leeds and Leipzig as the former try to escape their obligation and the latter hold out for an agreed fee of around £18 million.”
Augustin – the transfer that never was
Worst transfer ever? That’s a debate to be had but Leeds paid around £3.5m as a loan fee for Augustin and got 48 pretty poor minutes out of him.
It won’t be up for debate if Leeds are forced to pay £18m for a player who doesn’t think he’ll ever play for the club again.
It looks like the courts will decide what happens now and if they conclude that Leeds have to pay £18m for a player they don’t want, we imagine that Leeds will then try to move him on for as much money as they can get.
We doubt that will be £18m. For one, this episode isn’t going to help the player find a new club at the level that he’s currently at.
Secondly, player values have plummeted because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
It’s a mess and one we hope Leeds can come out of on top – the club can’t afford to lose £18m for nothing.
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