Still relatively unknown when he signed for Bayern Munich at 19, Joshua Kimmich has since established himself as an indisputable holder in Bavaria. Before the quarter-final return of the Champions League against PSG this Wednesday (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1), return to the transfer of the German international which almost never materialized.
Indispensable to Bayern Munich at 26, Joshua Kimmich is one of the leaders of the defending Champions League team. So much so that the midfielder assured this Monday of his confidence in his team for the qualification for the semi-finals of the competition, despite the defeat in the quarter-final first leg (2-3) against PSG. But it took a lot of insistence for the Bavarian club to sign Kimmich in the summer of 2015, for a sum of around 8.5 million euros.
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In the podcast “Meine Bayern-Woche” for Sport 1, Michael Reschke returned to this transfer from Joshua Kimmich. The technical director of the Bavarian club between 2014 and 2017 recalls: “Kimmich was the first engagement for which I was mainly responsible. The U19 European Championship was held in July 2014 and there were a number of interesting players, Remembrance Reschke. For me, Kimmich was clearly the most interesting and strongest player. “
At first, Joshua Kimmich’s rep thought Michael Reschke wanted to send him to Bayer Leverkusen. Once the misunderstanding was cleared up, the machine kicked in, and Joshua Kimmich was quickly excited about the idea of joining Bayern Munich.
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Trained by Stuttgart, Kimmich turned professional in 2013 with RB Leipzig, then in the third division. It took a tripartite agreement, while Stuttgart had a buyout option until 2015, to result in Kimmich’s transfer to Bayern Munich. But if Reschke initially planned to spend up to 5 million euros, it was necessary to spend almost 10 million.
A price then considered exorbitant by the chairman of the board of directors Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “With all due respect, we know how much you appreciate the player. Almost ten million for someone who hasn’t played for a minute is unusual and extremely high for Bayern,” Rummenigge said to Reschke in the summer of 2015. “It is not a lot of money for a future player of the national team and who will play a key role at Bayern Munich for years to come,” Reschke retorts to his manager. I firmly believe that we have to get it signed. “
Convincing, Michael Reschke finally won his case and received the approval of Rummenigge to proceed with this transaction. “Kimmich wanted to go to Munich from the start,” explains Reschke. “He also found the idea of working with Pep Guardiola totally fascinating.”
On July 2, 2015, Joshua Kimmich signed with Bayern Munich, playing for 254 games for 15 trophies won. On the other hand, he was unable to evolve with his model Bastian Schweinsteiger, who left the Bavarian club at the same time. In view of Kimmich’s current influence, the 8.5 million euros disbursed at the time would almost look like a gift, which Rummenigge should not regret.