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Leeds ordered to pay £18.4m for loan flop who made just three Championship appearances in 2020

Jean-Kevin Augustin Leeds 2020

Leeds have been told they must pay RB Leipzig £18.4million after their appeal against the transfer of Jean-Kevin Augustin was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Premier League club had appealed against FIFA’s ruling in June that they must honour their ‘purchase obligation’ with Leipzig and pay a transfer fee for the player, who had initially moved to Elland Road on loan in 2020.

But CAS upheld FIFA’s decision “in its entirety” in Lausanne on Thursday. And they confirmed Leeds will pay the first instalment of £5.9m for Augustin.

A statement released by CAS said: “The CAS Panel in charge of the matter has dismissed the appeal filed by LUFC and onfirmed the challenged decision in its entirety. Including the obligation of LUFC to pay to RB Leipzig the first instalment of the transfer fee, i.e. euros 6,740,174.”

Leeds signed Augustin on loan from Leipzig in January 2020 with an obligation to make the move permanent. However, that was only if they won promotion to the Premier League.

The West Yorkshire club were promoted at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. But they argued because the campaign was not completed until July due to Covid, the ‘purchase obligation’ had been nullified.

CAS added: “Further to its deliberations, the panel held that the purchase obligation had been triggered at the end of the 2019-2020 season, even though the season had concluded later than expected due to the disruption caused by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. And confirmed the challenged decision in full, including the obligation of LUFC to pay to RB Leipzig the first instalment of the transfer fee, the two other instalments being not due yet, at the time of the FIFA procedure.”

Augustin turns into costly signing

Augustin only made three substitute appearances for Leeds during their Championship title-winning season. However, he was severely hampered by fitness and injury issues.

He ended up joining French club Nantes in a permanent deal the following October. However, he now plies his trade with Swiss outfit Basel.

By the time Leeds pay the full amount it means Augustin will have cost them £6.13m per substitute appearance.

Leeds are back in action on Saturday when they host Bournemouth in the Premier League. And Jesse March’s men will be hoping to back up their shock win at Anfield last weekend.

However, they will be without the influential Luis Sinisterra after Marsch confirmed the winger will be sidelined until after the World Cup with a foot injury.

“His foot injury is not making the progress we expected,” Marsch said at a press conference. “We sent him for a scan and we believe he has a lisfranc injury. It’s the ligaments in his foot.

“We don’t think it’s torn, but it is not healing as we would expect. The focus is on his recovery, but we won’t now see him until after the World Cup.”

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