Noel Whelan has suggested Leeds United will have to pay “millions” in compensation to RB Leipzig over the ongoing Jean-Kevin Augustin saga.
The former Leeds and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted there were always going to be “repercussions” after the Whites chose to dispute the terms of the Frenchman’s loan contract.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Leipzig stated they had received a “positive decision” from Fifa in proceedings against Leeds.
In the proceedings against Leeds United FC regarding the transfer of Jean-Kévin #Augustin, #RBLeipzig have received a positive decision from FIFA in the first instance. The ruling is however not yet legally binding. pic.twitter.com/MXuTrFpoVm
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) June 8, 2021
The German outfit are seeking a reported £18million (€21million) after Leeds failed to take up an obligation to buy Augustin following promotion last year.
Whelan admitted while the Whites may not have to pay the full amount, there would be some sort of “compensation package”.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The whole loan situation, it’s a joke. He was never the right player for Leeds.
“He hadn’t been fit for months, he came in overweight. You could see that he was fighting his fitness. I called it straight away, if he pushed too hard, he was going to end up injured like he did.
“Now they’re left with a bill for a player who did absolutely nothing. I think he played about 65 minutes and we’re gonna be out of pocket by millions. There will be something to pay, there’s absolutely no doubt about it.
“We’re not going to get away with just handing him back. That’s not the way it’s going to go. Once you’re committed to signing a player, there are going to be some kind of repercussions.
“There’ll be some kind of middle ground. It might not be the full £18million that’s been agreed, but there will be a compensation package which has to be right for Leipzig.”
Augustin, now 23, made three appearances totalling 48 minutes during his loan spell at Elland Road.
He joined French outfit Nantes on a free transfer last October with Leeds and Leipzig both disputing his ownership.