Croatian striker Ivica Olic, now retired at 40 years old, discussed Bayern Munich at considerable length in an interview with Croatian outlet tportal.hr. One of the most significant parts of the interview concerned his countryman Ivan Perisic, who has been the subject of much speculation in the past few weeks.
Bayern has an option to buy the forward from Inter Milan, who are eager to sell, for a fee of €20 million, but the Bavarians decided in light of the coronavirus crisis and its chilling effect on the transfer market to negotiate a lower price.
Olic sees Perisic as returning to form after months away due to injury. He said, “Perišić had a very serious injury, just when he was in his best shape at Bayern. He hurt his wrist in training, he was out for three months, but now he is back in full training.”
“On the previous matchday,” Olic continued, “he played about 70 minutes, on Tuesday another 30, and it is clear that he will need some more time to get back to the top form he had. But the most important thing is that he is no longer in pain and has returned to full training.”
Olic believes that Bayern and Inter will reach an agreement about a transfer fee below €20 million for Perisic in the near future. “We all know that he was loaned from Inter, but the club [Bayern] is very happy with him. Now Bayern will try to lower the price, because Inter first asked for 20 million euros, but after this pandemic the purchasing power of the clubs is still weaker, and I believe that in the next two to three weeks the clubs will sit at the table and try to agree on terms.”
In light of Perisic’s excellent performances and goal contributions, and not least his professionality, it will be surprising if Bayern cannot reach an agreement with Inter to sign such a valuable player.