Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Croatian winger Ivan Perisic on a season-long loan deal with the option to buy.
The Bavarians have been on the lookout for a world-class winger following the departure of Franck Ribery and the retirement of Arjen Robben.
Ivan Perisic roped in as replacement for Robben/Ribery
While the likes of Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry are expected to fill the void left by the departing legends, Perisic has been roped in to provide adequate competition to the duo.
The Croat joined Inter Milan from Wolfsburg in 2015 and has enjoyed his four-year spell with the Italian giants. Perisic made over 150 appearances for Inter, scoring 40 goals and providing 37 assists in all competitions.
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Perisic, who played a starring role in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final last year, expressed his delight at returning to Germany to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“I am very happy to be back in Germany. Bayern is one of the biggest clubs in Europe. We want to attack not only in the Bundesliga and in the DFB-Pokal, but also in the Champions League.”
Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamdzic believes Perisic will have a crucial role to play for the defending Bundesliga champions this season.
“Ivan will help us with his many years of experience at an international top-level immediately.
“He is technically strong and flexible in attack. I’m sure Ivan will integrate quickly. He already knows the Bundesliga and our coach Niko Kovac well.”
Bayern out of the race to sign Leroy Sane
Bayern were initially interested in signing Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. However, an ACL injury has ruled him out for a majority of the current campaign, forcing the Bavarians to drop their interest in the German.
As for Perisic, he will be looking to hit the ground running in the Bundesliga. He could be available for Bayern’s opening league fixture against Hertha Berlin later this week.