Manchester United and Manchester City in talks with Benjamin Pavard

As reported by Sport1, Manchester United and Manchester City are targeting Bayern Munich right-back Benjamin Pavard.

Both Manchester clubs are now in contact with Pavrad’s management regarding a future deal for the French defender, who is keen to leave the German champions this summer. They do, however, face stiff competition from Italian side Juventus after Barcelona pulled out of the race to sign Pavard due to financial reasons.

Nevertheless, no side has yet made a concrete offer to Bayern which has led to the Rekordmeister becoming considerably confused over the situation. After accepting the 27-year-olds desire to depart Bavaria – which was made clear in May – a €30m price tag has been placed on Pavard. 

If no approach is made for Pavard’s signature, then Bayern are more than willing to include him in their squad planning, with head coach Thomas Tuchel said to be an admirer of the defenders’ talent. But, Pavard would have to extend his contract – which is set to expire next summer – as the record champions do not want to lose him for free.

While there is a high possibility that the 27-year-old remains in Bavaria this summer, there is no guarantee he will play as significant a role as he did last campaign. With Kyle Walker set to sign for the Rekordmeister in the coming weeks, the arrival of Kim Min-Jae has given Matthijs de Ligt a long-term partner, meaning that it would be a bit-part role for the Frenchman this season.

GGFN | Will Shopland

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