Lionel Messi saga 'could impact' £18m Leeds United pursuit, says reporter

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Signings, signings and even more signings.

It's quite a time to be a Leeds United supporter at the moment.

After securing promotion from the Championship and winning the league by 10 points, the Whites are on top of the world right now.

In just over a weeks' time they'll be returning to Premier League action for the first time in 16 years - a day that fans have been desperate to see.

Despite tearing the Championship up under Marcelo Bielsa, the Yorkshire side are certainly not underestimating the challenge that faces them next term as they look to strengthen in the transfer market.

Several names have already moved to Elland Road this summer with Robin Koch and Rodrigo very much the headline acts on the list.

One thing we know is that there's bound to be more signings made in the coming days and weeks.

But while this is an exciting time for the Whites, there's a degree of nervousness around the potential arrival of Jean-Kevin Augustin.

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The RB Leipzig striker moved to Elland Road on a loan deal in January this year - an agreement which has a mandatory purchase price attached.

However the striker was limited to just three appearances for Leeds due to fitness issues, meaning that the newly-promoted side are hesitant to bring him on board.

This means that legal proceedings are likely to decide where his future lies - a situation which, according to Leeds Live writer Beren Cross, resembles that of Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

In a Q&A session, he was asked '‘Do you think the Spanish league stance on Messi will help Leeds get out of the Augustin deal?’

Writing in a Q&A for Leeds Live, Cross replied: "That's a really good question and I was watching a few bits on the Messi saga today, which does play into the dates of last season and what they mean for legal agreements.

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"Leeds are certainly using that angle on getting out of the Augustin deal.

"Leipzig will fight the other way and the lawyers will surely decide who owns him and who should be paying his wages."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This is a really messy situation.

If reports are to be believed then Leeds United are obliged to complete the signing of the RB Leipzig striker on a permanent deal.

But they're certainly going to try and avoid it at all costs.

It's unclear what the dispute will be over as it seems clear that a mandatory agreement was reached, but Leeds seem to think that they have a case.

One thing we do know is that Augustin has no future at Elland Road, and so if the Whites are obliged to buy him then they'll almost certainly look to offload him again at the nearest opportunity.

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