Feud between Leeds United and RB Leipzig over unwanted striker

Leeds United and RB Leipzig are arguing over the future of Jean-Kevin Augustin. The 23-year-old French striker has spent the past six months on loan at Leeds United and the newly promoted side had a clause added to the loan deal that they would have to sign the striker on a permanent deal if they achieved promotion. One problem remains: Leeds don’t want the striker.

Bild reports that Leeds and RB Leipzig initially agreed on a €21m obligated buy-clause if the Whites would promote to the Premier League. Last week the club achieved automatic promotion to the highest English league and several days later they were even crowned champions of the EFL Championship, activating the buy clause.

Despite the festivities on their promotion, Leeds are stuck with Augustin, who has only made three appearances as a substitution due to several injury problems. Meanwhile Leipzig no longer want Augustin back next season and are pointing towards the obligated buy-clause in the loan deal.

Sports law specialist Christof Wieschemann told Bild: “This is a case for Fifa or later for the International Sports Court Cas. I have the impression that Leeds does not fulfill the contract and Leipzig is left with the damage. RB would have to file a lawsuit and file it with FIFA.” The FIFA could use an accelerated procedure within 21 days to make a decision on the case.