Leeds United have been threatened with legal action by RB Leipzig over the failure to sign on loan striker Jean-Kevin Augustin last season. The highly controversial German club have stated that it is ‘clear’ the newly promoted Premier League side should have signed the French forward for the £17.7 million after his initial move to Elland Road.
Leeds United have denied this allegations after their final season in the Championship as they have claimed that due to the Covid-19 outbreak, those clauses were nullified. Florian Scholz, Chief Marketing Officer for RB Leipzig, has been quoted in saying “The legal situation is clear, Leeds is currently in the process of spending a lot of money on the transfer market. But does not stand by its contractual obligations. We are ready to take further steps.”
The 23 year old rarely featured for the West Yorkshire based side after injuries hampered his time at the club, only appearing 3 times for the outfit but still has a two year deal at his current club. After recovering from a hamstring injury during lockdown, Leeds opted not to extend his loan in order to play after the restart. Bielsa admitted earlier this summer that his departure and return to Leipzig was “convenient.”
“When he finished [his loan spell], we evaluated if it was convenient that he stayed with us or went back to his original team,” said the Argentine. “We thought that the most convenient thing was to take the decision we did.”
It is unclear if these legal proceedings will go any further but Leipzig seem confident in being able to apply pressure on Leeds regarding the issue and will seek advise on how to procced. Stay tuned for more information.