Warning of Leeds United transfer ban emerges as club sweat on legal decision

Following a legal disagreement over Jean-Kevin Augustin’s planned move in 2020, Leeds United will know today if they must pay RB Leipzig €21 million or not.

The January transfer window has not been kind to the Whites in recent years.

Jean-Kevin Augustin’s ill-fated stay at the club during the 2019/20 campaign is a good example of this.

To give competition for Patrick Bamford up top, the French attacker was recruited on loan from RB Leipzig in January 2020 and made just three substitute outings.

On the expiration of his loan, he was released by Leeds, who went on to win promotion without him.

A reported €21m (£18m) obligation to buy upon promotion has been challenged ever since, with Leeds evidently seeking to wriggle out of the arrangement on the dates of the clause, with Leeds’ Championship campaign extended back to the end of July.

Leeds United have appealed a verdict in favour of RB Leipzig following a court ruling, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport is hearing the issue today with a decision likely soon (via Adam Pope).

The BBC’s report on the topic had this information to share:

“The Bundesliga club took the matter to Fifa and in June 2021 got a ruling in their favour.

“Leeds were told the first instalment had to be paid – less a solidarity payment – with interest backdated to October 2020. They were warned that failure to pay future instalments could result in a transfer embargo.”