Leipzig (dpa) – Bundesliga football club RB Leipzig are planning without striker Jean-Kevin Augustin and see themselves in the transfer dispute with Leeds United on the legally safe side.
“Leeds has increased, so the purchase obligation comes into effect,” sporting director Markus Krösche told the kicker. This week, Krösche wants to get in touch with the Yorkshire club who have just been promoted to the English Premier League. If Leeds does not give in and pay the agreed € 21million, legal dispute looms.
Augustin ended his loan at AS Monaco at the start of the winter and moved to Leeds. There he had only three short missions. Leeds announced in early July that the loan expired on June 30 and would not be extended. The forward was signed by RB Sport manager Ralf Rangnick for € 16million from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 and had signed a contract in Leipzig until 2022.
With Dino Toppmöller, the Leipzig team have strengthened their team of coaches. The son of longtime Bundesliga coach Klaus Toppmöller has signed a two-year contract with the Saxons and will work as Julian Nagelsmann’s staff assistant.
Toppmöller, 39, won three championships in Luxembourg with the F91 Dudelange between 2016 and 2019. Toppmöller recently worked for Virton in Belgium.
Leipzig, meanwhile, have started to prepare for the new season without new signing Hee-chan Hwang. The South Korean must extend his passport and request that his military service be delayed. The 24-year-old striker is due in Leipzig on Friday at the earliest. The club confirmed this when asked for dpa. First, the “RBlive” portal reported it.
Hwang moved from sister club Salzburg to Leipzig for nine million euros. Bonus payments can increase the transfer fee to $ 15 million. In his country of origin, men must do their military service. Depending on the type of weapon, it takes around a year and a half and can be avoided by competitive athletes if they are very successful. For example, ex-Leverkusen and current Tottenham professional Heung-Min Son only had to complete a three-week basic training course in May as he won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games. .
Swiss national goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo is also due to stay in Leipzig until the end of the Champions League. “We need him in Lisbon,” Krösche told the kicker. The first-class blitz tournament in Portugal kicks off for RB on August 13 with the quarter-finals against Atlético Madrid. The teams’ first training session for the season will take place on Wednesday.
Mvogo cannot get past Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in Leipzig and is allowed to leave the club. Among others, Hertha BSC is expected to show interest in the 26-year-old. Krösche has confirmed several requests for Mvogo. “It’s up to him to decide what he wants to do. He must choose between the options.