Phillips: I fear for Leeds transfer plans after shattering Augustin development
The outcome of Jean-Kevin Augustin’s tribunal case could have a significant impact on transfer plans at Leeds United this summer.
That is according to former European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after RB Leipzig claimed on 8th June that they had received a “positive decision” from Fifa.
The German club have been engaged in a dispute with Leeds over the obligatory purchase clause contained within the loan deal taking Augustin to Elland Road last season.
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
Leeds argue that, because of the truncated 2019-20 campaign, the clause had expired by the time they had won promotion.
The French forward featured just three times for Leeds and they are reluctant to pay the £18million fee which Leipzig are understood to be demanding.
Phillips claims that it could have a negative effect on Leeds’ transfer budget should they be forced to stump up the cash.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Naturally, of course it will have an impact on their summer plans.
“I’m sure it’s something they will have budgeted for. They are probably looking at worst case scenario when they are putting a budget together.
“Maybe they’ve put it to one side thinking they have to pay it and if they don’t then it’s a bonus and can go back in the transfer kitty for Bielsa.
“But it will be a huge blow because he struggled at Leeds. That price tag, I’m sure they would like to use that money to strengthen elsewhere in the squad.”