Jean-Kevin Augustin’s stay at Leeds United came to an end after the Whites confirmed the 23-year-old will no longer continue at the club.
The Championship side took the forward on loan from RB Leipzig in January and there was a clause meaning they have to make his stay permanent, if they’re promoted to the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are leading the table and are in a firm position to make it to the top flight. They are seven points ahead of third placed Brentford, so Leipzig will be hopefully waiting for their money.
Foot Mercato reported on Wednesday the English side still have an ‘automatic purchase clause’ for the Frenchman, despite cancelling his loan stay.
Kicker states Leipzig were excited at the possibility of Leeds being promoted because they can pocket €21m through the player’s permanent move to Elland Road. Should they try to cancel the whole thing, Leipzig ‘will take legal action against’.
According to the report, the Bundesliga club are of the belief the mandatory purchase option to make Augustin’s stay permanent is still valid (if Leeds are promoted), despite the Covid-19 crisis disrupting the season. Kicker adds, ‘if necessary’, this clause will be enforced legally.
For now, the German side will take care of the attacker’s salary until Leeds are promoted. After that, ‘the lawyers will probably take over’ the case.