Inter Milan are set to loan Ivan Perisic to Bayern Munich with an option to buy, for significantly less than they wanted from Arsenal in January.
According to Di Marzio reporter Fabrizio Romano, Ivan Perisic will join Bayern Munich this summer on a €5m loan, with a purchase option of €20m. The player has agreed to the move, and there’s only paperwork remaining to finalise the deal.
Back in January, the BBC’s David Ornstein reported that Arsenal were trying to sign Perisic in a deal exactly like this. They wanted to loan the winger with an option to buy in the summer.
At the time, Inter refused, insisting that Perisic could only leave in a permanent move for a guaranteed fee of £35-40m. Six months later and they’re sending him on loan with a significantly smaller purchase option.
Perisic has been in decent form since the January window. He scored six goals and assisted three in 20 wide appearances from February onwards.
You can still understand why his price has dropped though. For a start, Arsenal showed publicly that they were unwilling to pay the previous asking price. Inter also have greater wage constraints as a result of the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
Still, it’s another sign of how foreign clubs are going to treat Premier League sides in negotiations going forward. They know how much money there is in the English game, and they’re going to try and get a piece of it.