Bayern bosses turned away Ante Rebić and Kevin Vogt last summer
When Niko Kovac took over at Bayern Munich last summer, there were many whispers that the former Eintracht Frankfurt coach wanted to being in ferocious Croatian winger Ante Rebic to bolster the squad.
The duo’s relationship and familiarity made the connection sensible and, given Bayern’s need to implement a “Post Robbery” plan, all of the pieces seemed to fall into place.
Rebic stock soared after a strong finish to his Bundesliga season and a very formidable showing in the World Cup. Bayern’s front office, however, remained unimpressed. Ultimately, the Bayern bosses had a different idea on how to proceed per a report by Bild.
Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner has revealed that Ante Rebic wanted to pair up with Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich. Rebic scored twice against Bayern in the DFB Pokal final before shining for Croatia at the World Cup, leading to intense transfer speculation.
What wasn’t speculated about Ante Rebic this summer! England, Spain, France — after his outstanding performances at the World Cup, everyone in Frankfurt anticipated that the Croation would transfer to a top European club. But the forward extended with Eintracht until 2022.
Even with interest from a number of top-tier clubs, Rebic had one focus and wanted to continue his working relationship with Kovac as Hubner told Sport1
He knows that the Bundesliga is right for him. In Italy, things didn’t work, and in Spain there are only a few really interesting clubs. Ante was always considered a great talent who never really got the job done. This changed under Kovac. They were very close.
Kovac also wanted to bring in Hoffenheim defender Kevin Vogt, but, again, was denied by the Bayern front office.
As Sport Bild reported: Before the beginning of the season, Kovac had urged the club internally to move on Frankfurt forward Ante Rebic (25) and Hoffenheim’s Kevin Vogt (27). But both players were rejected outright on the part of the club. The reason: not fit for Bayern.
With Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, and Niklas Sule already in the fold and Javi Martinez able to shift back — and youngsters Lars Lukas Mai and Chris Richards on campus — it might be assumed that the Bayern front office viewed Vogt as a luxury purchase. But Bayern seems to have rejected Rebic and Vogt outright as beneath Bayern’s standards.
VERDICT: Outright rejection by Bayern’s front office is a little shocking in Rebic case. His pace and tenacity would have potentially suited the squad very well indeed. When Kingsley Coman went down injured yet again, Bayern’s lack of depth on the wings became an instant sore point for many fans, who have become increasingly critical of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. While the merit of such criticism can be debated (both players have had periods of very good play), identifying a long-term solution on the wing is something Bayern needs to address.
As for Vogt, the case is a little more clear. Bayern has depth at the position (as of now) and Kovac has enough trouble keeping the three-headed monster of Sule, Hummels, and Boateng happy, not to mention Martinez, whose time as a defensive midfielder has increasingly been seized by Thiago Alcantara and Renato Sanches. If Kovac hoped Vogt might bolster the roster at center-back to permit a 3-5-2 system, the club clearly was not interested.