As Dortmund’s demise in the Bundesliga this season has seen a plucky Wolfsburg side rise up at take their place, Ivan Perisic has found a new lease on life with Dieter Hecking’s team, with the Croatian international continuing to impress during 2014/15.
In the Bundesliga, Europa League, and even in last summer’s World Cup, Wolfsburg’s current sensation has seen his stock rise with a series of stand-out goals and performances. Alongside the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Ivica Olic, Ivan Perisic has become an integral part of a team that could really be going places this year.
Now with the January transfer window upon the footballing world once more, will Wolfsburg be able to keep hold of their star man, or will Perisic look to test himself elsewhere?
Wolfsburg’s mercurial no. 9 has all qualities of a bustling winger as well as a rampant goal scorer. He already has three goals this season, and whilst that may seem a slightly disappointing number considering that the German league is roughly half way completed, everyone involved with Die Wolfe this season expects more to come from Ivan Perisic.
Last season, the Croatian talent finished the 2013/14 campaign with a total of 10 goals in the Bundesliga, as well as one in the DFB-Pokal. Perisic has more to his game than just scoring goals however. With five assist already recorded this season, the 25-year-old rising star is a supplier as much as he is a goal scorer. There is something slightly Arjen Robben-esque about his style of play, and whilst he may not match the Dutchman for his pace, Perisic is just as daring, just as creative and almost as much of a threat as Bayern’s fiery winger is.
Alongside the likes of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Rakitic, the Volkswagen Arena favourite is expected to make up a dangerous midfield that should see his native Croatia become a real force in Euro 2016.
In light of this news, as is always the case when the January transfer window arrives, Ivan Perisic has drawn attention from the Premier League and beyond this winter. Serie A giants, Inter Milan and Napoli, are both said to be reportedly interested in the Croatian winger in recent weeks, but Perisic’s greatest admirers were previously thought to be Everton.
Throughout the summer, Roberto Martinez and the Toffees apparently done all they could to bring the 25-year-old to Merseyside, which would have signalled a great move for fans of the Premier League in general. Perisic would have fitted into Everton’s plan nicely, and alongside the likes of Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas, the current Wolfsburg no. 9 would have provided the perfect ammunition for Romelu Lukaku to boost his goal-scoring stats for the 2014/15 season.
Although the Toffees could have supposedly signed Perisic for as little as £8 million in the summer, it now seems that the Premier League side may have missed their chance. With Ivan Perisic’s stock continuing to rise throughout Europe at the minute, if he were to eventually leave Wolfsburg, it would likely be to a bigger team than the likes of Everton.
Whilst the Wolfsburg bosses have been clear in their desire to hold on to their latest star man, it would seem that Perisic could still be on the move in the near future if he manages to maintain his high standard in performances. At the moment though, the Croatian talent remains very much a Wolfsburg player, with Everton seemingly missing their chance to land his signature in the summer.