Mills: Leeds face big Augustin payout after major update
Leeds United haven’t got a leg to stand on in the tribunal battle over Jean-Kevin Augustin.
That is according to ex-Leeds defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest in the Whites’ wrangle with RB Leipzig.
In a statement released via Twitter on 8th June, Leipzig claimed they had received a “positive decision” from Fifa over the Frenchman’s ill-fated loan spell at Elland Road.
The German club is demanding that Leeds uphold their obligation to pay them £18million after winning promotion to the top-flight in 2019-20 as part of the Augustin deal.
But Leeds argue that the clause is void because the season finished months later than scheduled because of the pandemic.
Mills is baffled by Leeds position over the forward who featured just three times in West Yorkshire.
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“It looks like they are going to have to spend some money after all,” he told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“If that was the agreement and you don’t use the player, you can’t turn around and say: ‘Well, he wasn’t the player that we thought’.
“Surely it should be fairly cut and dry in terms of what the agreement was? It should be down on paper.
“This is not two blokes meeting in a pub, in the Peacock across the road from Elland Road and saying: ‘Oh yeah, we’ll do a deal on this player’.
“Every ‘I’ will be dotted and every ‘T’ will be crossed. So I’m not sure where the argument is coming from.
“Let’s be honest, they are trying to get out of the deal. It was nobody’s fault that Covid happened and the season got protracted.
“If it hadn’t have happened, Leeds would have been promoted and Augustin would have been there.
“So I can see why they would try and get out of it, but in terms of fairness and realism, they haven’t got much of an argument here.
“If it had been the other way around, Leeds would have been up in arms.”
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