Phil Hay has dropped a worrying update on Leeds United’s ongoing case regarding Jean-Kevin Augustin.
In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, The Athletic correspondent revealed that, over two years after the centre-forward’s now-infamous loan move to Elland Road in January of 2020, the case between RB Leipzig and Leeds United regarding the disputed transfer of the 24-year-old was finally set to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport – with a final decision on the matter expected to be made in the not too distant future.
However, in a further post, Hay went on to suggest that FIFA’s original decision that the Premier League side were in the wrong regarding the Frenchman’s transfer would not appear to bode well for Leeds’ chances of winning their hearing with CAS.
In his tweet, the journalist said: “FIFA felt that the letter of the contract, as well as the spirit of it, was in Leipzig’s favour.”
Considering just how much money hangs in the balance for a player that, regardless of the result of the CAS hearing, will not be joining Leeds, the suggestion that the Whites will more than likely fail to get themselves off the hook for the £18m transfer fee of Augustin is sure to have left Andrea Radrizzani livid.
Indeed, the 24-year-old – who is now valued at just £1.35m by Transfermarkt – endured a torrid spell at Elland Road, featuring for a grand total of just 48 minutes over three Championship appearances for the club, before returning to Leipzig at the end of his temporary contract on June 30 2020.
However, with Leeds having agreed an £18m deal to sign the former France U21 international if they were to go on and achieve promotion that season – which they subsequently did, albeit after the striker had returned to Germany due to the suspension of the footballing season that year – Leipzig believe that the Whites still owe them the agreed price for Augustin, while the English outfit claim that the hitman’s contract had ended prior to them securing promotion.
But, with FIFA having already sided with the Bundesliga club, as Hay suggests, it does not look as if Leeds will be getting off lightly for Augustin – something that will certainly come as a great annoyance to the Whites hierarchy.