Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has confirmed that Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic will be signing for the German giants very soon.
The German boss admitted that the Croatian’s medicals were completed and the signing will be made official once some of the paperwork is done.
It is believed that Perisic will be joining Bayern on a season-long loan for €5 million and there will be an option to buy for €20m at the end of the loan stint.
Kovac defended the club’s transfer dealings by implying that Perisic was not a second choice after the club failed to land Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.
“He [Ivan Perisic] was at the medical check today. And if all this goes well and the last papers are sent back and forth [with Inter], then he will become one of our players,” he said after his team’s 3-1 win over Energie Cottbus in the DFB-Pokal, according to Goal.
“Regardless of our transfers, there are other clubs that buy players. And I don’t like the way these [players] are handled to some extent when you put them in the second or third category,” Kovac said.
“We should respect each of them. That’s what we stand for and that’s what I stand for. And that’s what I expect from everyone else. Because it’s always easy to criticise someone.
“First you don’t get this player, then you don’t get the other, and then you have an X, Y or Z solution. I don’t think that’s nice. That’s my personal opinion. Maybe some people share this opinion with me.”
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski said he regrets defender Mats Hummels’ decision “not to help us anymore” after his former team-mate rejoined his former club Borussia Dortmund.
The German champions begin the new season with a German Super Cup showdown against 2018/19 Bundesliga runners-up Dortmund on Saturday.
“I’m a Bayern player. That Mats went back to Dortmund was his decision,” said the Polish striker of a player he played with both at Bayern and Dortmund.
“I have to admit I regret he decided not to try to play here for longer, not to fight for his position in the team, decided not to help us any more. But of course it was his decision, and now he’s one of our opponents.”
Former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery hinted that he could take up a managerial role in the future.
The Frenchman parted ways with the German club after 12 trophy-laden years at the end of last season. While there is not much clarity on his next destination, Ribery claims that he still has something to give at a big club.
The 36-year-old spoke about his leadership qualities and claims he can be the leader that the dressing room needs in testing times.
“I’ll always have a winning mentality in me, and I want to transmit that. I equally feel what the players are feeling and I know them as men… One day I’ll know what it’s like to be a manager,” the winger told L’Equipe.
“I’m still hungry and I still think I’ve got something to give. As long as I feel that I have the high level in the legs and in the head, I will go and get it. I can still play at a big club … I think. I have this experience that often makes the difference.
“I have always been very professional and worked a lot. All this effort and discipline has paid for this longevity.
“I knew this season was my last in Bayern but I have never played ‘cool’. When the locker room needing shaking up, I did it. I remained myself, a leader, until the end.”