Saturday, July 17, 2021

Mail Online 16/7/21 Leeds 'still yet to pay RB Leipzig £18m for Jean-Kevin Augustin'

Mail Online 16/7/21 12:04 Leeds 'still yet to pay RB Leipzig £18m for Jean-Kevin Augustin' with Premier League side 'REFUSING' to cough up funds after failing to honour clause and sign striker, despite ruling by CAS

Jean-Kevin Augustin was a Leeds flop, making just three appearances in 2019-20

However, the Whites were obligated to make the deal permanent if promoted

Leeds rose into the Premier League but refused to pay RB Leipzig the £18m fee

CAS ruled against them, but the Germans are still yet to receive their money 

By TOBY MILES

Leeds are refusing to budge in their stand-off with RB Leipzig over Jean-Kevin Augustin, with the Elland Road side reportedly still refusing to cough-up the £18m they owe.

Augustin was a certified flop under Marcelo Bielsa and could yet go down as a costly mistake, after playing just 48 minutes during a six-month loan from the Bundesliga and failing to contribute a single goal as Leeds lifted the Championship title in 2020.

Despite having a tough time in Yorkshire the striker looked to be staying, with a clause written into his loan deal stipulating that Leeds must make the deal permanent for £18m if they returned to the Premier League.

Bielsa certainly had no plans to permanently sign the forward and, according to BILD, Leeds are still yet to pay Leipzig despite the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling in favour of the Germans in June.

Leeds argued that the clause should have been voided after the 2020-21 season was delayed due to Covid-19, but lost the case.

The English club have 21 days to launch an appeal and a further 10 to make their case, which could be the reason behind the hold-up – with the £18m reportedly expected to be paid in instalments.

Wanted by neither club, Augustin left Leipzig last summer on a free transfer despite the ongoing row, landing with Nantes in Ligue 1.

It was another season of misery for the 24-year-old Parisian, who again managed just three matches and no goals in the entire campaign. 

All of those were brief substitute appearances, none of them were victories, and Augustin didn't see any football after the 12th game of the Ligue 1 season.

It's been a dramatic fall from grace for the striker, who came through PSG's academy as a promising youngster.

His move to Leipzig initially looked promising, with 12 goals in 2017-18, but hamstring trouble and dreadful form have wrecked his career.