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Barcelona eyeing summer swoop for Bayern Munich ace to strengthen key position

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Barcelona’s quest for a new right-back is no open secret. The Catalans are desperately looking for an option on the right side of the defence, as part of their plans to further strengthen their defensive unit.

The club have already targeted multiple options across Europe including the likes of Diogo Dalot and Josip Juranovic. But according to a report from Javi Miguel, Benjamin Pavard has emerged as the latest option for the Blaugrana.

The Frenchman is currently plying his trade with Bayern Munich and offers an abundance of experience at the highest level of football, having featured in 140 competitive matches for the Bavarians.

Pavard was one of the heroes for the French team during the 2018 World Cup, notably scoring a wonder goal against Argentina. However, the right-back has not been able to live up to expectations at Bayern, often struggling with form and a lack of consistency.

Pavard struggled to make an impression for France even in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He lost his place in the team to Barcelona starlet Jules Kounde, who was the first-choice right-back for coach Didier Deschamps.

In light of his struggles and disciplinary problems, Bayern might want to get rid of him in the near future. The German champions had already invested in Noussair Mazraoui in the summer and it will not come as a surprise to see Julian Nagelsmann preferring another option in the market.

That should pave the way for Pavard to leave the club, with Barcelona among the clubs interested in his services. The right-back is said to be keen on an exit from the Allianz Arena as well, which should make the pathway for a transfer to Catalonia smoother.

The Frenchman’s current contract at Bayern expires in 2024, potentially handing the Catalans an excellent opportunity to snap him up.

From a financial perspective, Barça might not be in a position to sign Pavard in January, but a summer move could certainly be a possibility, provided the club can get rid of its woes with Financial Fair Play.

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