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Leeds threatened with legal action by RB Leipzig over Augustin ‘after refusing obligation to sign striker for £17.7m’

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LEEDS have been threatened with legal action by RB Leipzig for their failure to sign striker Jean-Kevin Augustin.

The Bundesliga side claim the Whites were legally obliged to buy the forward for £17.7million after their promotion to the Premier League.

Leeds have been threatened with legal action by RB Leipzig for failing to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin

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Leeds have been threatened with legal action by RB Leipzig for failing to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin

But Leeds think the deal is null and void because of the coronavirus delay to the season.

Augustin arrived at Elland Road in Janaury on a short-term loan deal which inlcuded an obligation to buy clause if Leeds were promoted.

Leipzig say it is “clear” the Yorkshire side should cough up after going up from the Championship as champions, but Leeds are refusing to budge.

Their use of Covid-19 as an excuse has riled Leipzig’s commercial director Florian Scholz who lashed out at Leeds in an interview with Sport Buzzer.

He said: “The legal situation is clear.

Leeds is currently in the process of spending a lot of money in the transfer market.

“But does not stand by its contractual obligations. We are ready to take further steps.”

Augustin, 23, only played three times for Bielsa and still has two years left to run on his Leipzig deal.

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And despite recovering from a hamstring injury over lockdown, Leeds decided against extending his loan to enable him to play after the restart.

Speaking earlier in the summer, Bielsa said: “When he finished [his loan spell], we evaluated if it was convenient that he stayed with us or went back to his original team.

“We thought that the most convenient thing was to take the decision we did.”

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Barcelona sensation Ansu Fati, 17, signs new long-term contract with astonishing £367m buy-out clause

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BARCELONA wonderkid Ansu Fati has signed a new deal that includes a whopping £367million buy-out clause.

The 17-year-old has signed a contract that will keep him at the club until 2024 while officially being promoted to the first-team.

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It is a two-year extension on his previous deal while his release clause has also been increased by £211m.

He will wear the No22 shirt vacated following Arturo Vidal’s move to Inter Milan.

Fati enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough campaign last season, making 24 league appearances in total.

He became the club’s second youngest player when he made his debut last August at the age of 16 years and 298 days.

Fati then announced himself at the club’s youngest ever scorer bagging his first goal just six days later.

The records continued to tumble and last September he became the youngest player in La Liga history to score and assist in the same game.

In the same month, he became Barca’s youngest ever star to play in the Champions League.

Internationally, Fati broke a 95-year record to become Spain’s youngest goalscorer in a 4-0 win against Ukraine earlier this month.

His remarkable potential saw him linked with a move to Manchester United but the deal failed to materialise.

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Fati’s new deal will appease Barca fans following a disastrous season on and off the field.

Their 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich sparked major changes including the appointment of manager Ronald Koeman.

Arthur, Nelson Semedo, Carles Perez, Marc Cucurella, Ivan Rakitic and Vidal have all left while Luis Suarez is on the brink of joining Atletico Madrid.

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6pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Declan Rice bid prepared, Mendy MEDICAL, Rudiger to PSG, Kante LATEST

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EDOUARD MENDY is undergoing a medical at Chelsea ahead of a £22m move to Stamford Bridge, the club have confirmed.

And Frank Lampard is reportedly set to step up his pursuit of Declan Rice while Antonio Rudiger looks set to leave.

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6pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar new bid, Torreira ‘AGREES Atletico Madrid deal’, Partey LATEST

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ARSENAL are hoping to secure the signature of Thomas Partey – and may have received a boost with Lucas Torreira set to join his current club Atletico Madrid.

And Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to enter a new bid for Houssem Aouar with Lyon said to have rejected the Gunners’ first offer.

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