Kicker report this morning that Benjamin Pavard has an offer from Manchester United with negotiations ongoing.
The Frenchman, who has a contract until 2024, would be open to leaving the club this summer after deciding against an extension. Rather than risk losing Pavard on a free next year, a sale would allow Bayern Munich to strengthen certain areas of the squad, with Thomas Tuchel wanting to sign a defensive-midfielder this summer, while the Rekordmeister are also working on a deal to bring a goalkeeper to the club.
Manchester United’s offer to Pavard comes after the Premier League club had their opening offer rejected by Bayern Munich. The price of the deal is currently unknown but it has previously been reported that Bayern want around €30m, due to the 27-year-old’s contract expiring next summer, so it is likely that United’s offer was not close to that fee. Erik ten Hag has been an admirer of Pavard, and wanted the French defender at Old Trafford last summer.
Pavard played Bayern’s first competitive game of the season, a 3-0 defeat against RB Leipzig in the DFL Supercup, but was substituted at half-time and replaced by Noussair Mazraoui. With a preference to play centrally, the arrival of Kim Min-jae and competition from Dayot Upamecano and Matthijs de Ligt, gives Pavard little chance of playing a central role.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder