RB Leipzig are not expected to sell a player to Leeds United while the two clubs await a verdict on the dispute concerning Jean-Kevin Augustin, according to Kicker – in what is clearly a blow to the Whites’ hopes of signing Tyler Adams.
Barring a late, stunning twist, Kalvin Phillips will soon be a Manchester City player. And we will have to replace him.
Adams is one of the names in the mix. In fact, reports have claimed that talks are already underway regarding a potential move for the USMNT international.
Of course, Adams is not the first Leipzig player Leeds have pursued. And it seems that the last signing from the Bundesliga club is set to dent our hopes of now landing the midfielder.
Augustin looked to be an amazing signing as Marcelo Bielsa’s side pushed for promotion. Leeds beat Manchester United to the signature of the French striker in January 2020.
The loan deal included a clause where Leeds would pay to sign him permanently if promoted.
But the move did not work out. Augustin featured three times. And he was nowhere to be seen as Leeds got themselves across the line and booked their ticket to the Premier League.
As noted by Kicker, Leeds refused to pay to sign Augustin permanently. Because the season was extended, the Whites argued that promotion was secured after the deadline to keep the striker passed.
The dispute remains unresolved and is being looked at by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. And Kicker suggests that while that is the case, Leipzig are not expected to sell a player to Leeds.
RB Leipzig not expected to sell Adams to Leeds
It does neither side any favours to let the dispute disrupt talks over Adams. Obviously, agreeing a loan move is unlikely. But they should be able to discuss a permanent deal.
If Leipzig want to sell Adams and Leeds are the side most interested, an agreement makes sense for all concerned.