Leeds United have had some transfer shockers over the years.
A club that has been on the brink of going out of business in the not so distant past are bound to have had some awful signings along the way, and while there have been some huge blunders, the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin may end up going down as their biggest error ever if things don’t go their way.
At the moment, the top contender for worst Leeds signing ever is probably Seth Johnson, a transfer we have covered before, but the long and short of it is that Leeds’ chairman inadvertently offered him a wage almost three-times higher than he wanted, and he then went on to underperform massively.
However, Augustin may blow this blunder out of the water if Leeds end up losing their court case against RB Leipzig.
The German club are still chasing the €21m (£18m) that United agreed to pay for Augustin if they got promoted, but with the pandemic extending the season, the club believe they have a way out of that.
Meanwhile, Augustin has just signed for Nantes on a free transfer, so if United lose their case against Leipzig, they may pay £18m for a player that isn’t even theirs.
It’s an absolute mess and it’s a completely unprecedented situation, so we can’t even compare it to another deal to predict what the outcome will be.
Leipzig aren’t letting this one go easily with Florian Scholz saying that they still want their money and it’s all in the hands of their lawyers.
It wouldn’t be such a big deal if Augustin had helped Leeds get promoted, and it may have even been seen as money well spent, but after three substitute appearances and zero goals, all while picking up £90k-a-week, which Leeds fully paid, this will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst transfers in the club’s history should they have to pay £18m for a player that hasn’t contributed to the club one bit.