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Barcelona could miss out on €30 million-rated right-back target amid Liverpool negotiations

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With Barcelona looking for a right-back in the market, Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard has been long-linked as a possible target for the La Liga champions.

The French international is entering the final year of his contract with the Bavarian giants and is keen on leaving the club, with the German champions open to sanctioning an exit for around €30 million.

As such, Barcelona have been continuing to keep tabs on Pavard’s situation, but according to reports in England, as relayed by SPORT, the La Liga champions could lose out to Liverpool in the race to sign the 27-year-old right-back.

Indeed, as per the report, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner’s entourage is already negotiating his transfer to Liverpool, which could put him out of reach of the Blaugrana this summer.

Inter Milan had also shown an interest in Pavard, but they are not in a position to pay the €30 million that Bayern Munich are demanding for him.

As for Barcelona, the signing of a right-back is a necessity given that they were reliant on Jules Kounde as a makeshift operator in the position for the majority of the 2022/23 campaign. And while the Frenchman did well, he does not wish to continue in the role any longer.

Julian Araujo is an option, but a call on his involvement will only be taken after seeing how he fares during the pre-season.

Despite the situation being as it is, Barcelona are not prioritising the signing of a right-back at this point. Instead, the focus is on bringing in a pivot and an interior midfielder first, along with a new striker.

Only after that, depending on the Financial Fair Play situation, the signing of a right-back would be considered.

By that time, however, Barcelona could kiss goodbye to any chances of landing Pavard as he appears to be on his way to Liverpool as per reports.

Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication.

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