Bayern Munich: Benjamin Pavard holds talks with Liverpool

Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard linked to Liverpool. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard linked to Liverpool. (Photo by Oliver Hardt/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich is expected to make a few changes in the defensive area of the squad this summer. They have already reached an agreement with Raphael Guerreiro for a three-year deal. The Portuguese left-back will join Bayern from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer.

Die Roten may also look for a new central defender since Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez could leave Bavaria this summer. The Bavarian club still hopes to extend Hernandez’s contract. Pavard looks certain to leave Rekordmeister after rejecting a new deal. A move to Premier League could become a concrete option for Pavard.

According to Christian Falk, Liverpool has held talks with Benjamin Pavard over a summer transfer. The French defender is a serious target for the Merseyside club. Die Roten is open to selling Pavard as long as the interested club pays a fee of over €30 million.

Pavard is expected to generate significant interest from several top clubs across Europe. Manchester United, Barcelona, AC Milan, and Inter Milan have been linked with a move for him. Inter Milan had a bid rejected for the French defender at the end of the winter transfer window.

The former Stuttgart defender first expressed a desire to leave Bayern at the end of 2022. Pavard insisted that he was open to a new project where he could regularly play in central defense. The Bavarian club had no plans to part ways with Pavard in January despite his comments about looking for a new club.

Bayern had hoped to see a U-turn from Benjamin Pavard after playing regularly in the heart of defense during Ruckrunde. The club chiefs were also pleased with Pavard’s performances. However, the French defender had his mind made up regarding a transfer.

Rekordmeister cannot afford to lose him on a free transfer in 2024. They would hope to find a quick resolution around his future to make sure they can initiate plans to find a replacement for him. Bayern will hope to see more clubs showing strong interest in the French defender, which may eventually lead to a bidding war.

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Apart from Pavard, Liverpool also has a genuine interest in Bayern’s Ryan Gravenberch. The Dutch midfielder may end up leaving Die Roten this summer after the departure of Hasan Salihamidzic. Gravenberch needs to play regularly next season, so he may look to force a move away from Bayern in the next couple of months. Moreover, Rekordmeister has already signed Konrad Laimer from Leipzig. They are expected to sign one more midfielder before the end of the window.