Deal terminated: Huge development in Leeds multi-million bid to sign star - Sources
RB Leipzig have reached an agreement with Monaco to terminate Jean-Kevin Augustin’s season-long loan and freed him up to head to Leeds United, Football Insider has learned.
United have set their sights on landing the 22-year-old and, as revealed by Football Insider yesterday morning, Marcelo Bielsa personally rang him to convince him to move to Elland Road.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider there are still some hurdles to be climbed for them to complete a loan-to-buy deal before the window shuts next Friday.
But a key stumbling block will be remove by terminating Augustin‘s Monaco loan at the midway point.
He has struggled for game time at the French big hitters and is eager to join a team where he can expect to play regularly.
United are increasingly confident of signing Augustin on loan with an obligation to become permanent in the summer.
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The deal would include a multi-million pound loan fee as well as a cost at the end of the season that is likely to be in excess of £15million.
Augustin is a former France Under-21 international who has genuine pedigree and was even spoken of as a £35million target for the likes of Everton and West Ham this time last year.
Leipzig top the Bundesliga and are open to the prospect of sending him out on a new loan to get him off their wage bill and potentially increase his market value.