Man Utd and Liverpool to BATTLE for World Cup winner

Tom Weber
Tom Weber
  • 25 May 2023 20:56 BST
  • 3 min read
Erik ten Hag, Jurgen Klopp, Man Utd, Liverpool

Manchester United, Liverpool and a host of other European giants have enquired about Bayern Munich star Benjamin Pavard.

The defender, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, has been a standout performer in Munich despite the Bavarians' underwhelming season, which could see them miss out on the Bundesliga title for the first time in a decade.

Pavard is a hot property given that his deal expires next season, meaning that Bayern will have to cash in on him this summer should he decide to reject a new contract offer. Unsurprisingly, according to German media, European giants are queuing up to get their hands on the 27-year-old.

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The Frenchman has an Expected Transfer Value (xTV) of €31.2 million, so he would be a relatively affordable and attractive option when you also take into account his versatility, being adept at playing both at the heart of the defence and out on the right. Moreover, Pavard is a very good finisher for a defender, which adds to his appeal.

Benjamin Pavard

Benjamin Pavard

Man Utd and Liverpool interested

Pavard's future remains uncertain and no concrete offers have been made for the upcoming window. Reliable German newspaper kicker, however, reports that a host of enquiries about the Frenchman's availability have reached Bayern. Inter already made an offer back in January and they remain interested.

Barcelona have also had a long-standing interest in the defender. Additionally, Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid have joined the race and asked about the player, claims the German outlet.

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Manchester United in particular have long been rumoured to be interested in Pavard given that coach Erik ten Hag is not 100 per cent satisfied with the offensive output of his current right-back options.

A potential move to Old Trafford is, however, a question of priorities, and a right-back doesn't rank particularly high on the agenda at this moment in time as there are more pressing problem positions that need fixing.