Niko Kovac set to be Bayern Munich's new coach for 2018/19 season
The Eintracht Frankfurt man reported to be tasked with replacing Jupp Heynckes, who is stepping down at the end of the current campaign
German media is reporting Bayern Munich will sign Eintracht Frankfurt's Niko Kovac to take charge of the side next season.
Kicker magazine reports the Bavarian powerhouse will pay a fee of €2.2 million (Dh9.9m) to trigger a release clause in Kovac's existing contract with Frankfurt. The 46-year-old is signed through June 2019 with Frankfurt, but the clause reportedly applies for Bayern and two foreign clubs.
Kovac would thus take over from Jupp Heynckes, who stepped out of retirement to take charge of the side last October but has long said he will not continue beyond the end of the season. Bayern's attempts to convince the 72-year-old Heynckes otherwise were unsuccessful.
Kicker reports Kovac informed Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic on Thursday of his intention to move, though the two-year deal with Bayern was struck two weeks ago.
Tabloids Bild and Sport Bild also report Bayern has settled on its former defensive midfielder as coach.
Updated: April 13, 2018 12:10 PM