Good Morning. It's Wednesday 9th June, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
FIFA demand Leeds pay Leipzig over JKA
Leeds have lost their legal battle with RB Leipzig over the contractual obligation to sign Jean-Kevin Augustin after the Whites won promotion at the end of the 2019-20 season. The news that FIFA had sided with the German outfit came as no surprise. Leeds will not only have to pay the 18m transfer, but may also have to pay Leipzig's legal fee's. We can expect Radrizzani to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but will that make any difference?
Leeds knew what they were getting themselves into when they signed Augustin! It was only afterwards when it became clear that the former PSG youngster had become a liability, that lawyers found the flimsiest grounds to try to back out of the deal!
Let's be honest, Leeds were desperate having missed out on Che Adams, and they either took the biggest gamble in football history, or they didn't do their homework! Augustin had played three games in eight months - what the hell were they thinking? At the time, Augustin was also being linked to a move to Old Trafford, and there was obviously a lot of pressure on Leeds to 'get there man'. I can only conclude that Kev, his agent and Leipzig milked this for as much as they could!
Leeds turn attention to Ajax ace
Having agreed personal terms at St Mary's, it looks like Southampton have won the race to sign Brest left back Romain Perraud, with a fee agreed at 8.5m. The former Nice academy player had been on Leeds radar for months. Instead, Leeds have turned their attention to Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico. Tagliafico is valued at €15 million by Ajax and several clubs are monitoring his situation, after an impressive season in which he made 25 appearances. Tagliafico is under contract with Ajax until the summer of 2023 but it was reported earlier this year that he would be allowed to leave if a good offer came in. The 28 year old has 29 caps for his Country, and has been compared to Argentinian legend Javier Zanetti. Inter are also beleived to be interested in Tagliafico with vice-president Javier Zanetti in contact with the defender’s entourage.
Llorente tests positive for Covid
Diego Llorente has become the second Spanish player to test positive for the coronavirus ahead of the Euro's. The Spanish federation did not say whether Busquets and Llorente would be cut from the squad, but coach Luis Enrique has already called up six plays to practice separately at the team's training camp. He has until Saturday to make any changes. One of the six players who has been drafted in, is Rodrigo! A statement from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed...
The RFEF regrets to announce that central defender Diego Llorente has tested positive in the latest PCR tests carried out this morning at the national team base at Las Rozas. The footballer will leave tonight the concentration of the national team in a medicalised vehicle, following all the established health protocols.