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Report: Leeds United’s plotted move for Red Bull ace could be ruined by 2020 horror agreement

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Leeds United’s possible move for RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams is likely to hit a snag in the shape of an ongoing legal debate surrounding Jean-Kevin Augustin.

Leeds United face a significant test in the transfer market as they look to replace Kalvin Phillips this summer.

A host of names have emerged since the start of the window, and it could be a former acquaintance of Jesse Marsch that steps through the doors in the coming weeks.

With two Red Bull signings already in at Leeds, RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams could well be the next one as the club eyes a midfielder to take Phillips’ spot.

It has been reported that Leeds are tracking the USMNT man with a view to potential transfer – via the YEP.

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However, Leeds’ ongoing feud with Leipzig could scupper any progression in this regard.

That’s according to German outlet Kicker, who report that the court case between the two clubs about Jean-Kevin Augustin’s failed 2020 transfer to Leeds is a major dispute that might have a huge impact on discussions. 

Leeds are currently waiting nervously to find the overall verdict of their case with Leipzig, with FIFA ruling against them in the £18million case, while an appeal was lodged to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Should they fail, Leeds would likely need to pay the transfer fee owed to Leipzig for an obligation-to-buy on his nightmare 2020 loan, after sealing promotion in mid-July.

As much as Adams looks a great fit and worthy signing, it wouldn’t be a surprise to me if Leipzig shut the door on us.

We’re talking about a legal dispute that is worth almost as much as what we’re going to end up wanting to pay for Adams.

If they do let it slide and allow discussions for Adams, it would come as a big shock to me.

With FIFA ruling against us, I do think we’re up against it in this debate.

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Leeds United season ticket holder since 2013/14, currently situated in the middle of the FA5 noise. From Pablo Hernandez to 5-1 drubbings, I've seen it all at Elland Road.