In the summer of 2016, Filip Kostic became the most expensive purchase in the club history of Hamburger SV. He has this record status to this day – but from a purely sporting point of view, his two years on the Elbe developed into a veritable fiasco, including relegation. Five years later, the Serb could wash at least a few euros into the empty coffers of the Hanseatic League.
Kostic played his last game for the Rothosen in the 2-1 win of HSV against Borussia Mönchengladbach on matchday 34 of the 2017/18 season.
It was May 12th, 2018. For HSV fans, it was certainly a decisive date and one that was fraught with “trauma”: it was also the last Bundesliga game to date of the traditional Volkspark club.
After that, that much was certain, nothing would be the same again. Above all, in the west of Hamburg you had to get used to the idea of baking very, very small rolls from now on.
Everyone involved was aware that a player like Kostic, who never became a hoped-for high performer during his time in Hamburg, but had already indicated his potential during his time in Stuttgart, would leave the club.
Frankfurter Eintracht finally snatched the then 25-year-old in August 2018 at the ridiculous price of 1.2 million euros loan fee (initially for two years).
Even then, Hamburg and Hessen were negotiating a purchase option (amounting to 6.5 million euros) and a participation clause for a future sale.
But the tense financial situation of the Hanseatic League due to the missed resurgence made it loud picture-New newspaper necessary that renegotiations were held in summer 2019.
The SBU redeemed the purchase option a year earlier than initially fixed – and firmly committed the winger. The rental fee fell accordingly to 600,000 euros – and the HSV received a transfer fee of six million euros.
But at the same time the stake was reduced from ten percent of the sales price to five percent of the profit made.
And this construct could now come into play – because Kostic has been associated with a change this summer for a long time.
Initially, the Italian champions Inter Milan were very interested in signing the Serbian. But a concrete offer from the fashion metropolis has not yet arrived at Riederwald.
In the meantime, Frankfurt’s league competitor Hertha BSC (with ex-Frankfurt Fredi Bobic) has put out feelers to Kostic. The price that the Frankfurt makers have called for their contractually bound attacker until 2023 should be between 25 and 30 million euros.
Should the “Big City Club” from Berlin comply with this requirement and – let’s be careful with Hanseatic principles – actually transfer 25 million to the SGE, the Frankfurters would have made a profit of 19 million euros. Five percent of this would result in an amount of 950,000 euros, which would flow into the tight coffers of the Hamburgers.
Thus, three years after leaving Hamburg, Kostic could at least provide a small injection of money for his former employer.