Leeds United’s ongoing dispute with RB Leipzig over Jean-Kevin Augustin could reportedly impact upon whether or not the former are able to sign midfielder Tyler Adams this summer. With Leeds set to sell Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City for £42m, the Whites need to find a midfield replacement for their departing star man.
Leipzig’s Adams is one name who has been heavily linked with a move to Elland Road, and has previously worked alongside Leeds boss Jesse Marsch during his time in Germany. However, German outlet Kicker report Leipzig are unlikely to entertain any dealings with Leeds over Adams while their on-going legal dispute around Augustin’s transfer is still live.
Augustin joined Leeds on loan from Leipzig in January 2020. A then highly sort-after prospect who reportedly turned down Manchester United, Augustin was said to have an obligation to buy clause in his contract with Leeds should they get promoted.
However, following the postponement of the 2019/20 Championship season due to COVID-19, Augustin’s Leeds loan was cancelled.
Leeds went on to win promotion back to the Premier League upon the resumption of the season, which led to Leipzig demanding the Whites pay the fee they believe they were owed.
While Leeds sighted their promotion came after the end of the loan contracts expiration, Leipzig stated there was no deadline on the clause.
Last summer, Roy Vermeer, Single Judge of the Players Status Committee at FIFA ruled Leeds must pay Leipzig more than €6.7m, in line with the first instalment of the agreed upon transfer deal.
Leeds appealed the decision via the Court of Arbitration for Sport who heard the Whites case in March. They have yet to reveal their verdict on the dispute between Leeds and Leipzig.
However, what is perhaps interesting to note is that Leeds have done buisness this summer already with Leipzig’s sister club Red Bull Salzburg. The two are separate entities at club level but are all part of the same wider club model.
Therefore, it might be possible for Leeds to do business with Leipzig if the offer is just right for Adams.