By Craig Scott

6th Oct, 2020 | 12:58pm

Leeds sued over transfer at FIFA as saga takes yet another new twist - report

RB Leipzig took Leeds United to FIFA last week to sue them over the transfer saga surrounding Jean-Kevin Augustin, according to BILD.

Although Augustin, 23, has now joined Ligue 1 club Nantes after FIFA approved his return to France, the dispute between Leeds and Leipzig is far from over.

BILD claims that “the lawyers now have the say” in terms of the transfer as Leeds originally agreed that they would be obliged to sign Augustin if they won promotion to the Premier League last season.

However, the way that the deal was worded meant that Leeds had to sign Augustin permanently before June 30. But, of course, the season ran past that date due to the coronavirus-enforced delay.

It is understood that Leipzig feel they should have received around £19million from Leeds for Augustin but where things stand now that the striker has joined Nantes throws yet another spanner in the works.

Let’s say that Leeds were forced by FIFA to pay what they owe to Leipzig. But now the Whites can argue that if they pay that fee, they won’t receive Augustin in return as he’s not joined Nantes.

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Leipzig will probably want to recoup some of the money they feel they were owed but if there was an expiry date on the contract, it’s pretty hard to argue otherwise.

The whole saga is now in the hands of FIFA and different lawyers, it seems.

But we don’t expect a resolution to this any time soon as it has already rumbled on for quite some time as Leeds spent almost £100million on new arrivals.

In other Leeds United news, Harry Redknapp’s delivered his verdict on Leeds’ transfer business.