With the “on-again, off-again” transfer saga surrounding Jerome Boateng and the “will-he, won’t-he” potential signing of Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt; incoming head coach Niko Kovac could be exploring a more local source for a backup center back. Enter Hoffenheim’s Kevin Vogt per multiple reports that were captured by AZ.
Bayern has had a lot of success in signing players from Hoffenheim recently. While Niklas Süle has played superbly since joining Bayern Munich, Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner have played well in the somewhat limited playing time they’ve had in Munich. Vogt, talent-wise, is closer to the level of Rudy and Wagner than Süle, but he is a capable player in his own right and shouldn’t cost too much. He’s big, standing near six-foot-five inches, and he’s durable, having made 31 appearances in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim this season. Transfermarkt has his value listed at just north of seven million euros, more than double what Hoffenheim payed to get him from FC Koln less than two years ago.
This potential move isn’t going to set the world alight; nor will it excite much of the fan base, but it is a solid depth signing and not a bad way to kick off the silly season that is the summer transfer window.