Leeds will be due major 'windfall' as Kieran Maguire reveals surprise Augustin news
Leeds United will be able to sell Jean-Kevin Augustin to another club and collect a big “windfall” should they lose their ongoing legal battle with RB Leipzig.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Leipzig revealed the latest in the ongoing dispute.
In a statement released via Twitter on 8th June, the German club claimed they had received a “positive” decision from Fifa regarding the Frenchman’s dismal loan spell at Elland Road in 2019-20.
They do, however, acknowledge that the governing body’s ruling is not yet final.
Leeds agreed to pay Leipzig £18million upon winning promotion to the top-flight as part of the Augustin deal.
But they now argue that the pandemic-induced elongated season means the clause is void.
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Maguire explains that Leeds will receive the French forward’s documents which they would then be able to sell on if they lose the dispute.
That would surprisingly then see them cash in on the player.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “They would get the registration for the player. The £18m is not for the football player, it is for his registration.
“They are allowed to transfer that to another club and then recoup some money. So logically, there would be some financial windfall or recovery for Leeds in this case.
“The 30th of June was what was in the contract in terms of promotion. Were they promoted by that date? They were effectively, but they hadn’t received their shares in the Premier League.
“When a club is promoted or relegated to the Premier League, shares are transferred from one club to the other.
“It could be argued that as relegation had not taken place for all three clubs Premier League clubs by the end of June, Leeds could therefore not receive their own shares.
“There are 21 shares in the Premier League. The clubs all have one share and so does the FA.”