RB Leipzig’s dispute with Leeds United over striker Jean-Kevin Augustin is “still ongoing”, according to football finance expert Kevin Maguire.
Leeds signed Augustin on loan from Leipzig in January 2020 and an obligation for the deal to be made permanent upon promotion was reportedly written into the transfer terms.
However, the COVID-enforced delay in last season meant that while Leeds did win promotion, they went up after the specified date in terms, which was the end of June [The Athletic].
As a result, the unfit Augustin was sent back when the loan deal expired and the Whites went on to win promotion without him.
Maguire has described the situation in his latest podcast episode and compared it to that of Anthony Knockaert’s situation at Fulham.
“So if we look at the position of Jean-Kevin Augustin, who went from Leipzig to Leeds United, that was linked to Leeds being promoted to the Premier League by the 30th of June 2020, and that’s still ongoing,” he said on the Price of Football podcast.
“I think in terms of Brighton [loaning] Anthony Knockaert to Fulham last season that was an obligation if Fulham were promoted. So he [Knockaert] was promoted, then the manager decided he didn’t want him. So they loaned him out to somebody else. So things can get quite messy in respect of those contracts.”
Messy situation, indeed
We’ve kind of forgotten all about this due to how well this season has gone for Leeds with them back in the Premier League.
However, it’s something that could cause major issues down the line if FIFA decide that the Yorkshire club was in the wrong.
According to The Athletic, “Leipzig say they are entitled to the full fee of around £18million”, which is what Leeds would have had to pay for Augustin upon promotion.
Augustin is currently at Nantes in Ligue 1 after Leipzig decided to let the struggling striker go on a free transfer.
Since joining Nantes, Augustin’s fitness issues have continued to hamper him with the Frenchman making just three appearances amounting to 33 minutes for the Ligue 1 club.
Augustin hasn’t played since November and it seems something very worrying is happening in regards to his whole career.
Leeds did the right thing by not signing Augustin permanently but if FIFA find they should have done, it could be an expensive mistake.
In other Leeds United news, the club wants to cut their losses on this player who was signed last summer.