RB Leipzig commercial sporting director Florian Scholz has threatened legal action against Leeds United for their refusal to sign striker Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Augustin, 23, made just three senior appearances as a substitute for Leeds last season after signing on loan from Leipzig in the January transfer window.
It was widely reported that Leeds were obliged to sign the French striker on a permanent basis if they won promotion to the Premier League.
Of course, Leeds are now a Premier League club and have kicked off the new campaign without the ex-Paris Saint-Germain forward in their squad.
Scholz has now spoken out to confirm Leipzig are prepared for a legal battle against Leeds as they battle over Augustin’s future while also taking a swipe at the Whites’ splurge on new players.
“The legal situation is clear,” said Scholz, as quoted by German news outlet Sport Buzzer. “Leeds is currently in the process of spending a lot of money on the transfer market but does not stand by its contractual obligations.
He added: “We are ready to take further steps.”
Clearly, neither club wants Augustin.
Leipzig loaned him out twice last season to Monaco and Leeds and he failed to shine at both clubs due to lack of form and issues with injuries and fitness.
The Paris-born striker is now being left in limbo with two clubs potentially fighting over his future in court.
Augustin’s time at Leeds came to an end at the end of June and almost three months later, he doesn’t know what’s going on with his career.
You have to feel sorry for the striker.
He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place and two clubs argue over not wanting him while he’s also had to deal with injuries that have put his career on hold.
It’s not nice but if Leeds firmly believe they are not obliged to sign Augustin due to a clause in the agreement reached in January, they are well within their rights to fight Leipzig’s stance that he should be sold to them.
We hope it’s resolved quickly but with the new 2020/21 football season now underway and the COVID-19 situation making everything harder, we don’t see that happening.
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