Sources: Leeds United set to lose £18m Jean-Kevin Augustin legal battle

Leeds United are set to lose their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the transfer of Jean-Kevin Augustin, sources have told Football Insider.

The 25-year-old striker, who now plays for Basel, was loaned to Leeds by RB Leipzig in January 2020 in a deal that contained a £17.7million option to buy.

Another clause in the agreement meant Leeds had an obligation to buy for the same amount should they win promotion at the end of the campaign, which they did.

But the West Yorkshire side argue that the disruption caused to that season by the pandemic constituted extenuating circumstances and nullified the commitment.

Augustin was snubbed by Marcelo Bielsa because of a lack of effort and discipline.

He played just 48 minutes across three substitute outings, so it was no surprise that the Whites were not keen on keeping him on.

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FIFA ruled in the German side’s favour in the summer of 2021 and ordered Leeds to pay the three outstanding instalments they owed.

An appeal was later lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the highest legal authority in the industry.

The case began in March and was adjourned in September, with Leeds knowing that they will owe an extra £300,000 in interest if CAS upholds FIFA’s ruling.

A legal source with knowledge of the case has told Football Insider that there is next to no hope that it will be good news for Leeds when CAS announce their verdict.

The case hangs on the court’s interpretation of the timeframe set out in the obligation-to-buy clause.

Leeds claim that it is moot because promotion was achieved after 1 July, the season’s official end date.

But it is understood that CAS are likely to take a dim view of this argument.

In other news, Man United set sights on signing Leeds United star Tyler Adams.