Michael Brown has said that Leeds may find it difficult to secure Illan Meslier and Jean-Kevin Augustin on permanent deals due to the potential end of each European season.
The Whites signed the duo on loan, with Meslier coming in from Lorient at the start of the season, whilst Augustin joined from RB Leipzig in January – both deals were with options to buy. However, the current pandemic has thrown plenty of things into doubt.
Brown has been talking to Football Insider, and he believes FIFA’s plan to extend the season could put the Elland Road outfit in a difficult situation. He explained: “I think in this country it’s sort of going to take care of itself. Common sense will come into sense regarding the timings.
“The issue they’ve got is if we see teams in another country, who have loaned out players, already starting their seasons before England. If their seasons have finished and they’re going into another one, that’s where we could see some crossover and a touch of difficulty.”
As per L’Equipe (via Get French Football News), Meslier’s clause stands at €5.5m (£4.8m), whilst Augustin’s fee stands at £18m – although it is not obligatory if they go up. Indeed, if Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga are to end at a different time to the Championship, it would potentially mean them paying for players when they do not have the money to do so. It is just one of the many difficulties that this situation has thrown up – hopefully for the Yorkshire club, it does not end up being too much of an issue.
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