Well this is probably going to make Niko Kovac happy — now that the deal for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane seems dead, Bayern Munich have moved fast and are on the verge of securing a transfer for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic. The deal is rumored to be structured as a loan with a €30 million buy option. Perisic reportedly isn’t in Antonio Conte’s plans for the future.
According to Bild, the deal only needs the player’s consent to be completed. Perisic probably isn’t the Arjen Robben successor we were all hoping for — but at €30 million, he fits the description of “instant impact player” that Robert Lewandowski has been begging for all summer. (Be careful what you wish for, am I right?)
Now that Sane is well out of reach (thanks Pep!), Perisic could be the club’s best bet at securing strong depth on the wings for the upcoming season. An experienced campaigner, Perisic can be counted on to spend extended minutes on the bench and still come on and provide acceptable performances if called upon. Of course, there’s also the chance that he experiences a late-career resurgence playing in a less-defensive league like the Bundesliga, and his value actually increases with us.
However, it’s unlikely that Perisic will stay at this club beyond one season, and we’re likely buying him to tide us over the intervening year. Bayern fans might not be happy at this development, but a Perisic signing is better than not getting any wingers at all.