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Leeds obliged to buy Jean Kevin Augustin after 49-minute loan spell

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Jean-Kevin Augustin arrived at Leeds United amidst much fanfare but injuries and fitness concerns did not allow him to feature in Premier League promotion.

Leeds United secured Jean Kevin Augustin’s services on a six-month loan deal with a view to make the deal permanent. It all depended on the Whites achieving promotion at the end of campaign.

Marcelo Bielsa must have approved the signing of the young French forward who had scored 20 goals for RB Leipzig across two seasons.

In normal conditions, Bielsa would have liked Augustin in his ranks for Leed’s assault on the Premier League. However, he would have hoped for the 23-year-old to get more game time than the 49 minutes he amassed in his time at Elland Road.

With promotion secured as Sky Bet Championship champions, Augustin’s purchase clause has been activated. The newly promoted side will have to pay £17.7 million for his services.

Despite the minimal time spent on the pitch, RB Leipzig expect Leeds to fulfil their contractual obligations. Markus Krosche, Sporting Director at the German club, stated that there are no qualms about the transfer and he assumes it to go smoothly.

“Leeds have been promoted, which means the purchase option has been activated,” Krosche told Kicker.

“When the contractual agreements were negotiated in January, all involved parties were in complete control of their actions. I expect that things will now move in the appropriate decision.”

Before joining Leeds, Jean-Kevin Augstin was on loan at AS Monaco for the first half of the 2019/20 campaign.