Forgotten Leeds signing Jean-Kevin Augustin becomes most expensive player per-appearance in football history

As part of the agreement, Leeds would have to pay £18 million to get him should they be promoted that year.


Leeds, however, decided not to sign him permanently even though he was improving after playing just 48 minutes because he had fallen out of manager Marcelo Bielsa’s favor.

They asserted that the deal’s clause expired since Covid-19 caused a delay in the season’s conclusion.

Leipzig, though, complained to FIFA, who ruled in April 2023 that Leeds must pay Augustin £24.5million, with FIFA documents showing his deal was set to be a five-year contract worth £93,000-per-week with a signing on fee of £2.5million.

Now, according to The Athletic, Leeds have withdrawn their appeal against this fee with the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

That means former Paris Saint-Germain player Augustin has become the most expensive player in football history in terms of cost per appearance.

The fee works out at £13,715-per-second for his 48 minutes for Leeds four years ago.

The striker signed for Leeds on loan from RB Leipzig in January 2020 during the season they won promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.

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