According to a report by L’Equipe, Manchester United have taken “concrete steps” to sign Bayern Munich and French international defender Benjamin Pavard. The report states that the Old Trafford giants have identified the defender as their top target to bolster their defensive options.
Manchester United Identify Benjamin Pavard as Their Top Target
Pavard Targeted by United as Club Look To Strengthen Defence
Pavard has been identified by Manchester United as a top target as the club seeks to strengthen their defensive options. Erik ten Hag’s men have also been linked with Napoli star Kim Min jae, but the report from L’Equipe states that Pavard is the number one defensive target for the club this summer. The French international is set to enter the final year of his Bayern Munich contract, which he earns £116k-per-week from. The 27-year-old defender has reportedly decided his future lies away from Allianz Arena after turning down the club’s offer of renewal.
Strength in depth in defence has been a glaring issue for Manchester United this season, which was exposed when Ten Hag lost Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane to injury. Signing a defender who has won the Champions League would potentially be transformative for United.
Qualities Pavard Would Bring to Old Trafford
Pavard has been capped 47 times by the French national team. He would bring valuable versatility to Old Trafford, with his ability to be equally comfortable at centre-back or from the right side of the backline. With the injury problems experienced by United, and the possible departure of Harry Maguire, signing a player of Pavard’s quality and experience would be a welcome boost for Ten Hag.
Pavard is strong when contesting aerial duels and equally strong with his tackling. He is not afraid to impose himself on opposition strikers, and having this presence in defence would be a welcome boost for Manchester United.