Bayern Munich have decided against a permanent deal for Ivan Perisic and the Croatian is expected to return to Inter Milan at the end of their Champions League campaign, a report from Fussball Transfers claims.
Perisic was recruited from Inter with the option to buy last summer and he had a mixed first half to the season as he was in and out of the starting lineup.
He became a regular presence following the turn of the year, but unfortunately picked up an ankle injury in early February which kept him on the sidelines.
He was able to recover from the setback during the coronavirus shutdown, but since the restart, he has made just three starts from his nine appearances for the club.
Due to the pandemic, Bayern decided against triggering the buy clause before the expiry date in May, but Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio confirmed that the club would be willing to negotiate the price tag.
So far, there has been no progress over a permanent deal and it is reported that Perisic is set to return to the Nerazzurri after Bayern’s recent purchase of Leroy Sane from Manchester City.
With the arrival of Sane, the German champions have three young wide attacking options in their ranks and that includes Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman.
Meanwhile, Thomas Muller can also play out wide when required while the club have reserve team players such as Fiete Arp and Sarpreet Singh, who could add the depth in the department.
Bayern boss Hansi Flick has definitely shown the willingness to play youngsters when there is a need for rotation and Perisic appears Inter-bound, as things stand.
Elsewhere, there have been suggestions that Perisic may not have any future at the Nerazzurri and they are likely to offload him when he returns this summer.
According to Fichajes, the San Siro outfit are exploring the option of a swap agreement with Manchester United which could see Perisic and Alexis Sanchez switch clubs.
Sanchez barely made an impact for the Nerazzurri during the first half of the season due to an ankle injury, but he has excelled during the backend of his temporary stint.
Following the coronavirus shutdown, the Chilean has been in splendid form with two goals and seven assists from just 10 league appearances for Antonio Conte’s side.
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