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Leipzig not likely to do business with Leeds

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RB Leipzig are not expected to sell midfielder Tyler Adams to Leeds United, as per LeedsLive on Twitter.

The Whites seem to have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of American International and Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams due to a dispute that has been going on in the background for a while.  Leeds signed Jean-Kévin Augustin  on loan from Leipzig in January 2020, and it is believed there was an obligation to buy clause in his contract with Leeds should they get promoted.

Following the postponement of the Championship season through Covid in 2019/20, Augustin’s loan move was subsequently cancelled.  Leeds went on to gain promotion to the Premier League when the season resumed behind closed doors, which led to Leipzig demanding the fee was paid.  Leeds stated that his loan spell had ended before promotion was achieved whereas Leipzig declared there was no expiration date on the clause.

A Single Judge of the Players Status Committee at FIFA ruled Leeds must pay Leipzig the first payment which was agreed in the deal, believed to be around €6m, to which Leeds appealed the decision via the Court of Arbitration for Sport and it is still not known the verdict of the dispute between Leipzig and Leeds.

Leeds have already done business with the Red Bull Network when they signed both Brendan Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen from RB Salzburg just a few weeks ago. 

Tyler Adams has been heavily linked with a switch to Elland Road in recent weeks but it still remains unclear whether Leipzig are willing to negotiate with the Yorkshire club whilst this dispute carries on.  This would be a blow to Leeds coach Jesse Marsch as he looks to have identified Adams as a priority target. 

If Leeds fail in their pursuit of Adams, they could switch their attention to Mohamed Camara from RB Salzburg who is another name being linked as a Kalvin Phillips replacement. He is thought to be the pricier option, but Leeds may have no choice if RB Leipzig decide they will not do business with them again until this matter is resolved, and judging by how long it has been going on for, it doesn’t look likely to be over anytime soon.

Up Next: Leeds speaking to three Phillips replacements.

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