After having won an unprecedented seven German Bundesliga titles in a row, Bayern Munich needed to freshen up its rather old squad. The departures of two former world-class wingers in Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery were meant to make room for the dawn of a new era of success at the club.
Yet, the Bavarians were unable to permanently sign any top-level wingers to replace the amazing duo mentioned above. They instead opted to spend comparatively large sums of money (by German standards at least) to improve their defense by bringing in Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez.
After a largely successful pre-season tour of the United States, Bayern Munich went on to lose the DFL German Super Cup to their archrivals Borussia Dortmund by a score of 2-0.
Then the German association (DFB) Cup began last Friday. While the first round of the competition offered plenty of drama and once again proved its appeal to soccer romantics, Mainz 05 and FC Augsburg were the only two top flight teams, eliminated at the first hurdle.
Bayern themselves started the DFB Cup with a 3-1 victory at fourth-tier Energie Cottbus on Monday. It was not excellent, but the team did what it had to do.
On Tuesday, the club finally announced the acquisition of Croatian international Ivan Perišić, on loan for a year from Inter Milan.
While many of my fellow Bayern Munich fans seem skeptical about this deal, I like it. Yes, Perišić may not quite have the flair of a certain Leroy Sane, but he is still an excellent winger who can help the team immediately.
As a supporter of the Croatian national team, I know the worth that Perišić brings. He has been the most consistent player for years for his country, and has proven himself as club level as well.
With the nature of his contract being a season-long loan that contains a clause for FCB to sign him permanently if they wish, the deal is really a win-win.