The last few days of the transfer window could see the departure of Benjamin Pavard from Bayern Munich. The French defender has entered the last year of the contract, and he has no intention of signing a new deal. After Manchester United, another European club has made a concrete move for Pavard.
According to Bild, Bayern has received a bid worth €25 million for Pavard from Inter Milan. The Bavarian club wants €35-40 million for Pavard, so the first offer from Inter is likely to be rejected. Inter Milan is not eager to go over €25 million for the French international. Sky Sports in Italy has also confirmed Inter’s first bid for Pavard.
Bild is also reporting that Pavard told Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dressen on Wednesday that he wants to leave the club. Die Roten will not be providing a significant discount on Pavard, as they showed in the case of Lucas Hernandez earlier this summer. Inter Milan will have to come up with a new bid to convince Bayern to sell Pavard. This is not the first time Inter has shown interest in Pavard as they had a bid rejected for him on deadline day in January.
Meanwhile, a move to Manchester United is looking unlikely for Pavard. The French defender was eager to seal the transfer to Old Trafford, but the English club is struggling to offload Harry Maguire. The English defender’s move to West Ham United is off. Pavard was considered a replacement for Maguire by Manchester United.
Pavard started against RB Leipzig in the DFL Supercup final last weekend. The French defender was hooked at halftime as Bayern were 2-0 down. However, Pavard has been a consistent player for Thomas Tuchel. The German coach is eager to see Pavard stay in Munich for next season.
Despite Pavard’s consistency in performances over the last four seasons, Bayern cannot afford to lose him on a free transfer in the summer. Pavard can start talking to clubs in January and sign a pre-contract agreement. With the transfer deadline day approaching, Rekordmeister may have to bring the fee down to facilitate a transfer.
Moreover, Rekordmeister also needs time to find a replacement for Pavard. In an ideal scenario, there is a significant movement regarding Pavard’s future by the end of this week one way or the other. The Bavarian club had identified Manchester City’s Kyle Walker as a replacement for Pavard, but the English defender has decided to stay in Manchester.
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In an ideal scenario, more clubs approach Bayern for Pavard in the next 12 days, which will lead to a bidding war. They will have to move swiftly to get the right replacement for the French international. As things stand, Pavard’s time at Bayern is more than likely to end this summer.