Benjamin Pavard is expected to be the big departure from Bayern Munich before the end of the transfer window. The Bavarian club has reportedly reached an agreement with Inter Milan over a transfer fee, but the move is yet to materialise, so Pavard is expected to be part of the squad against Augsburg on Sunday.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Thomas Tuchel is currently blocking Benjamin Pavard’s exit from Bayern. The German coach has asked Pavard to stay one more season since Die Roten is struggling to find a quality replacement for the French defender.
Pavard remains keen on leaving Bavaria this summer. The French international has no plan to negotiate a new deal with Die Roten. Inter Milan are still hoping to conclude the deal, but they will not hesitate to pursue other targets if there is no resolution in sight. The Italian club will try to sign Pavard on a free transfer next summer.
Inter Milan also had a bid rejected for Pavard at the end of the winter transfer window in January. The former Italian champions are looking to find a replacement for Milan Skriniar in the squad. Skriniar left Inter to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer earlier this summer.
Meanwhile, La Stampa in Italy (via GIFN) is reporting that Inter Milan are weighing up a move for Torino’s Perr Schuurs if a move for Benjamin Pavard does not materialize. The Italian club will want a final answer from Bayern on Pavard in the next few days as the transfer window slams shut on next Friday.
Bayern have been linked with Thilo Kehrer and Armel Bella-Kotchap as replacements for Pavard. RB Leipzig defenders Lukas Klostermann and Mohamed Simakan have also been linked with Die Roten, but Leipzig has no plans to sell one of these defenders late in the transfer window.
The defending Bundesliga champions will have to reluctantly keep Pavard if they fail to find an appropriate replacement. Thomas Tuchel has always liked Pavard, so his integration back into the starting XI will not be an issue.
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Benjamin Pavard will be free to negotiate with clubs for a free transfer in January. It will be a financial loss for Die Roten, but they have to deal with it since signing top-quality defender is difficult late in the transfer window. They will get 12 months to look for the right profile of defender to replace Pavard.