Croatian International and Internazionale player Ivan Perisic moved to Bayern Munchen for a season, on loan from the Serie A club. The loan deal, that goes until 30 June of 2020, includes an option to buy.
Born in Split, in former Yugoslavia, Perisic rose through the academy of local team Hadjuk Split, before joining French club Sochaux in 2006. Still, he only had his first shot at professional football in 2009, when he was loaned to Belgian club Roeselare.
The attacking midfielder, who can play as a right-winger too, impressed with 8 goals in 20 appearances and Club Brugge decided to buy him.
He was immediately the top scorer of the Belgian league, with 22 goals for Brugge and he was elected the player of the year in Belgium. After 89 appearances and 35 goals for Brugge, he moved to Dortmund in 2011, where he played for a season only.
He joined Wolfsburg, also in the Bundesliga, in 2013, and he impressed, especially in the third season, where he helped the team to a German Cup (DFB-Pokal). After 3 seasons in Wolfsburg, where he scored 21 goals in 88 appearances, Inter Milan paid €16 million for his services.
During 4 seasons in Inter, he won no silverware, but he played 163 times, scoring 40 goals and making 37 assists.
Perisic is also a usual name in the Croatia national team line-up, having scored 23 goals in 82 caps for the Vatreni. He helped the Croatian side to get to their first World Cup final in 2018, as they were beaten by France 4-2. He scored an important equalizer against England in the semifinal and gave the assist to Mandzukic for the winner that took them to the final.
The first of many signings for Bayern?
With mostly two weeks to end the market for German clubs, Perisic becomes only the third signing of the Bavarians. The Croatian will help to give depth to the wings since the team has only Gnabry and Kingsley Coman and not many other options.
Bayern was allegedly interested in Manchester City’s winger Leroy Sane, but an ACL injury that will take the player of the pitches for the rest of the year blocked the move. Perisic, who is now 30 years old, might not be the ideal solution, but since the Bundesliga schedule starts next Friday, Niko Kovac sought for an immediate solution.
The Bavarians coach already said the team needs more signings, after only Pavard (Stuttgart) and Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid) having arrived to reinforce the backline.
However, the loss of Hummels to Dortmund, the end of James Rodriguez loan and the departures of now-retired Arjen Robben and free agent Ribery, definitely screams that the team needs to sign players.
Even if being top of the Bundesliga table isn’t a big concern for Bayern, since they do it without too much effort every year, the supporters demand every year that the team goes further than that. This means getting a decent run deep into the Champions League knockouts and achieving the title that they conquered lastly in 2013.
What’s in the cards for Bayern? For now, let’s just welcome Perisic back to the Bundesliga and into the Allianz Arena.