The Leeds United v RB Leipzig case over the transfer of Jean-Kevin Augustin was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport yesterday.
If the Whites lose, they will be forced to pay £18million for the Frenchman.
It has the potential to really hurt the West Yorkshire club, and is their call after FIFA ruled in June last year that they had to pay the Bundesliga club the fee agreed in their purchase obligation .
With that in mind, let’s look at what’s happened so far.
Why do Leeds have to pay Leipzig?
In January 2020, Leeds were pushing to win promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, but they needed a striker.
Los Blancos were in the middle of a sticky situation and they managed to strike a deal with Leipzig to bring Augustin to Elland Road on loan until the end of the campaign.
The Frenchman arrived with a great reputation and had a good goalscoring record for the Bundesliga side.
Leeds agreed to cover Augustin’s full salary, which was believed to be over £75,000 a week.
They also agreed to an obligation to buy Augustin for £18m if they were promoted to the Premier League.
However, due to Covid, the season was suspended and restarted in June 2020.
The Whites sent Augustin back to Leipzig in early July and they went on to win promotion.
Leipzig argued that Leeds had to pay the £18m because they got promoted, while Los Blancos insisted they wouldn’t pay as the loan officially ended on June 30.
FIFA intervened, they ruled in favor of Leipzig and ordered Los Blancos to pay.
Leeds have appealed and CAS will decide in the coming months whether to pay £18m for a player who left almost two years ago.
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What happened to Augustine?
After scoring nine Bundesliga goals in the 2017/18 season, Augustin’s career in Germany ran out of steam.
However, given that there were Premier League clubs interested in the Frenchman, it looked like Los Blancos had pulled off a coup by signing him.
Instead, the move turned into a nightmare for Leeds and Augustine.
Marcelo Bielsa demands a lot from his players physically and Augustin couldn’t reach those levels.
As a result, he didn’t start a single league game for the Whites and only managed to play 48 minutes of first-team football in which he provided zero goals.
Augustin was then injured before the league restarted in June and he never played again.
The 24-year-old currently plays for Nantes in Ligue 1 but has only made four league appearances.
What happens next?
Leeds are nervously waiting to see if their CAS appeal is successful or not.
If CAS rules in their favour, the Whites won’t have to pay Leipzig anything and they can just forget what happened.
However, if CAS agree with FIFA, Los Blancos will have to shell out the £18million in three installments to Leipzig, which is not what Leeds need at the moment.
The CAS hearing ended on March 15, and now Leeds and Leipzig await the outcome; however, this could take up to a few months.
The Bundesliga side, however, say they are “very confident” of winning this deal, which doesn’t sound good for Leeds.
Meanwhile, Los Blancos haven’t commented on the matter yet.
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