Leeds United have confirmed in a short statement released this evening [5 December] that the long-standing transfer saga surrounding RB Leipzig forward Jean-Kevin Augustin has been concluded in an “amicable” manner.
The development comes after both FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) both supported RB Leipzig in the dispute after the Whites refused to pay the German club the unpaid €21m they felt they were owed for Augustin.
While the statement from the club doesn’t mention the payment of this fee specifically, it is assumed that it has been paid – or at the least a figure very close to it has – given Leipzig’s repeated insistence that Leeds had to fulfil their end of the bargain.
It is also unclear whether the clause in the original agreement made in 2020 which stipulated that the fee would be paid in three separate instalments has been enacted now.
The full statement, found on the club’s website, reads in full as follows:
“Leeds United and RB Leipzig are pleased to announce that they have reached an amicable resolution of the dispute between the clubs, further details of which are confidential to the parties.”
It is undeniable that this news will be warmly welcomed by Leeds fans everywhere, most of who were beginning to become increasingly frustrated with the drawn-out nature of this saga due to their club’s repeated attempts to appeal their obligation to pay for the French striker.
The more concerning issue however regards the amount that the West Yorkshire outfit did eventually stump up for Augustin, with RB Leipzig very unlikely to accept any offer significantly below their asking price.
With a figure in the range of €21m being taken from the Whites’ finances this evening, the effect that this will have on the club’s capacity to spend in the upcoming January transfer window remains to be seen.
Leeds supporters can only hope that this resolution has been in the works for a while, and that the club’s executive have taken account of the impact that finally paying for Augustin would have on their ability to purchase much-needed reinforcements in the near future.