Why Benjamin Pavard Could Be the Ideal Replacement for Joao Cancelo at Manchester City

David Silva

Pep Guardiola has a chance to part ways with Joao Cancelo from Manchester City this summer and secure the services of Benjamin Pavard, a reliable 27-year-old star.

During the previous January transfer window, Cancelo, the Portuguese international, faced criticism from Roy Keane for his defending against Liverpool earlier in the season. Consequently, he was loaned out to Bayern Munich until the end of the season after falling out of favor with Guardiola. In fact, Guardiola admitted that City were willing to sell Cancelo to Manchester United in January if the opportunity arose.

As Cancelo returns to Manchester City for the pre-season period, his future with the club remains uncertain. Despite earlier reports suggesting his departure this summer. Also, if Guardiola has no plans to include Cancelo in his squad for the upcoming season. The ideal replacement could be Benjamin Pavard.

Guardiola can get rid of Cancelo by signing Pavard

Recent reports have indicated that Manchester City has expressed interest in signing the Bayern Munich defender. With Guardiola particularly admiring the player. In May, Thomas Tuchel praised Pavard, describing him as strong, consistent, solid, reliable, and performing at a high level, highlighting his importance to a defense.

Tuchel further stated that Pavard thrives in a three-man defensive line, which aligns with Manchester City’s tactical approach as they frequently deployed a back three last season.

Looking ahead, if Manchester City can find a suitable solution for Cancelo by selling him permanently this summer. And so, bringing in Benjamin Pavard would be a logical step in the current transfer window.


Benjamin Pavard could be the ideal replacement for Joao Cancelo at Manchester City. Providing Pep Guardiola with an opportunity to part ways with the Portuguese defender. With Guardiola’s reported admiration for Pavard and the player’s strong attributes highlighted by Thomas Tuchel. The French international’s inclusion in City’s squad would align well with their tactical preferences. Should Cancelo make a permanent move elsewhere. Securing Pavard’s services could be a sensible move for Manchester City in this transfer window.

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