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Niko Kovac doesn’t buy what EPL transfer window is selling

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Bayern’s new boss argues money and big purchases can’t buy you titles.

Eintracht Frankfurt Cup Gala - DFB Cup Final 2018 Photo by Andreas Wolf - Pool/Getty Images

Niko Kovac seems to be taking the “Arsene Wenger” approach to the summer transfer window.

After a long summer where the only two big signings were a free transfer for Leon Goretzka and a 10 million euro transfer for Alphonso Davies (which won’t happen until the New Year), many Die Roten fans are concerned over the few of incoming transfers to Bayern Munich.

However, at a press conference, Kovac commented on the team’s lack of summer purchases.

The money’s there in England. They try to gather the best players. We do it differently here at Bayern. We have no investors, no owners. Experts are at work here who know the team from the inside out. They have built this team over the past decade. . . We will remain true to ourselves. Not only we at FC Bayern, but I believe the structure in Germany won’t change a lot.

Kovac cited the seasons of larger EPL clubs such as Liverpool, who spent big during both transfer windows last season, in comparison.

Spending big money does not mean you win all the silverware. Liverpool, for example, have invested a lot now, and also last season. They did not win the [Premier] League; they reached the Champions League final.

He also compared Liverpool’s lack of silverware with the budget of his former club, Eintracht Frankfurt, who defeated Bayern in the Deutscher Pokal Final.

There are no guarantees. If you spent money, it’s no guarantee you win stuff. There are other examples. We have shown at Frankfurt last season that you can also achieve things with little money.

After losing a key midfielder in Arturo Vidal, and the rumors circulating around exits for Jerome Boateng and Thiago Alcantara, only time will tell if Bayern Munich’s fire sale will have a positive impact for the team.