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Bayern turn to Croatian star Perisic to replace Robben and Ribery

The German champions had tried to sign Leroy Sane before the Man City winger sustained a knee injury.

Perisic's move was confirmed on Tuesday.
Perisic's move was confirmed on Tuesday.
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

BUNDESLIGA CHAMPIONS Bayern Munich have signed Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic on a one-year loan deal.

“Ivan will help us immediately with his many years of international experience,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

“He is technically gifted and flexible in attack.”

Perisic, 30, is widely considered to be Bayern’s back-up option after their bid to sign Leroy Sane was derailed by the Manchester City winger’s recent knee injury.

The 2018 World Cup finalist had already confirmed the transfer to German media after he was spotted undergoing a medical check in Munich on Monday.

According to Bild newspaper, Bayern have paid €5 million for the Croatian international, with the option to buy him outright for around €20m at the end of the season.

Perisic is a familiar name in Germany, having won the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund and the German Cup with Wolfsburg earlier in his career.

“I am very happy to be back in Germany. Bayern are one of the biggest clubs in Europe. We don’t want to just win the league and cup, we also want to attack the Champions League,” said Perisic.

He also played under Bayern coach Niko Kovac during the latter’s two-year spell as Croatia coach between 2013 and 2015.

Italy: FC Internazionale v AC Chievo Verona - Serie A Perisic is under contract at Inter until 2022. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

“I am sure that Ivan will integrate quickly as he already knows the Bundesliga and Niko Kovac,” added Salihamidzic.

Perisic’s current contract at Inter runs until 2022, but he was reportedly set to play less of a role under new coach Antonio Conte.

At Bayern, he will provide much-needed reinforcement on the wing following the departure of veteran club icons Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the end of last season.

The German giants had initially targeted Sane, but turned their attentions to Perisic after the Manchester City winger tore his anterior cruciate ligament last week, potentially ruling him out until early 2020.

It remains unclear whether Bayern will still make a bid for Sane despite his injury. Yet several former Bayern players have insisted that Perisic would be more than just a plan B.

“I don’t think Perisic is an emergency solution, he is a fantastic player who can help Bayern immediately and won’t need any time to adjust,” former Bayern captain Stefan Effenberg told Sport1.

Bayern launch their Bundesliga season at home to Hertha Berlin on Friday.

© – AFP 2019

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