Manchester City has emerged as the frontrunners in the race to sign Benjamin Pavard, who has also been linked with Liverpool. The French defender, currently at Bayern Munich, is now a top priority for City in the transfer window. If City manages to secure Pavard’s signature, it would be a strategic addition to their squad.
City Prioritizes Pavard as Right-Back Option
According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City has identified Benjamin Pavard as their primary target for the right-back position. Romano also states that City’s interest in Pavard is contingent on the potential departure of Kyle Walker to Bayern Munich. City and Bayern are to engage in discussions regarding the transfers of both players.
Pavard’s potential signing by City aligns with Pep Guardiola’s preference for inverted full-backs. Guardiola has often utilized a backline consisting of four center-backs, with the full-backs playing more centrally. In this system, Pavard’s versatility and defensive capabilities make him an attractive option. He may not offer the same pace and attacking prowess as Walker. However, Pavard’s all-around qualities would bring stability to City’s defense.
Competition from Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus
Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus have also expressed interest in signing Pavard. While City is considered the favorites to secure his services, the involvement of United and Juventus adds another layer of competition to the race. Pavard’s availability has generated widespread interest across Europe, given his versatility and impressive performances for Bayern Munich.
The potential move would make sense for each of the clubs involved. Manchester City requires a right-back following Walker’s anticipated departure, and Pavard’s ability to play across the backline would provide valuable defensive cover. Juventus is looking to reinforce their defense with a younger right-back, considering the ages of their current options. Meanwhile, Manchester United presents a project that could appeal to Pavard, as they aim to strengthen their squad for future success.
Despite contributing to Bayern Munich’s recent Bundesliga triumph, Pavard’s future at the club remains uncertain. The interest from multiple top clubs reflects his consistent performances and adaptability on the pitch. As the race for Pavard’s signature intensifies, fans eagerly await the developments to see where he will ply his trade next season.
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