Ivan Perišić: More than a short-term solution for Bayern?

Ivan Perišić: More than a short-term solution for Bayern?

By / Transfers / Sunday, 11 August 2019 13:44

Croatian winger Ivan Perišić is on the verge of signing for Bundesliga champions Bayern München.

Bayern will sign the 30-year-old Croatian in a one-year loan deal that will cost the club €5 million, and they will have a €20 million option to acquire him at the end of the loan.

The Ivan Perišić deal is also the latest chapter in the long and drawn out Leroy Sané transfer saga.

A transfer saga that had come to a stop on Sunday when the Manchester City winger tore his ACL in the FA Community Shield victory over Liverpool.

With Bayern’s priority transfer target out until February/March, the club had to act even if they still going to pursue Sané. After all, the pressure to sign new players from fans but also players have grown in recent days.

“Our bosses are busy and working,” Niko Kovač said on Saturday (Aug. 10). “You can be sure that we’ll get players in by September 2nd [when the transfer window closes,” he added.

Bayern München lack depth

“We still have to sign three to four players,” Robert Lewandowski said after the DFL Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Meanwhile, Lothar Matthäus pointed out at halftime that Dortmund, and not Bayern, would be able to win the game.

“Look at Dortmund’s bench they have more depth, they are going to win the game from the bench,” Matthäus said.

As it happened, Dortmund’s depth did win the game in the end as Niko Kovač was forced to play Renato Sanches as a left-winger at one stage during the game.

Not for the first time this summer it became apparent that the club’s 17 field players will not be enough for a successful season.

Furthermore, with Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry and the very talented Alphonso Davies the club has just three wingers under contract.

Two of those wingers, Gnabry and Coman, struggled with fitness last season and throughout this summer. As a result, Fiete Arp was seen helping out on the wing.

Bayern, therefore, always planned to sign an additional winger to Sané but it almost appeared at times this summer that the transfer of the 23-year-old German national team winger sapped all the energy out of the board.

They also put any other potential transfer on the backburner—Timo Werner, who was expected to join this summer, for example, has been left in a state of limbo.


Nelson Akpo

Nelson Akpo

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