Barcelona will have to shell out €15 million to sign wantaway Bayern Munich defender
At this point, it is very well-established that Barcelona are in the market for a new right-back. While there were plans to sign a player for the position in the January window itself, the club’s Financial Fair Play issues have meant that Xavi will have to wait until the summer for a reinforcement.
Several targets have been identified by the Blaugrana, but all come with their own issues. Diogo Dalot had been one of the preferred options but Manchester United have triggered a one-year extension for the Portuguese and wish to keep him at the club for a long time.
Juan Foyth of Villarreal was also a target, but his price tag has seemingly put Barça off his pursuit. It has left the Catalan giants with Bayern Munich ace Benjamin Pavard as one of the leading options to reinforce the right-back slot, reports SPORT.
The 26-year-old defender is at loggerheads with his Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann and is set to depart at the end of the season, with the Bavarian giants happy to grant him an exit. They have also identified Malo Gusto of Lyon as a possible replacement.
And, as per the report, Pavard could be available for a fee of as little as €15 million, given that his contract with the Bundesliga champions expires in 2024.
At 26, a proven performer at the elite level and a World Cup winner, spending €15 million on Pavard could prove to be a smart move for Barça.
However, there are a few concerns when it comes to the Frenchman. Firstly, Pavard has spoken about how he desires to play as a centre-back moving forward in his career, although he would be open to continuing as a full-back.
At the same time, his disciplinary brushes both at the club and international level are also a point of concern for the Blaugrana. Furthermore, Pavard is also attracting interest from the Premier League and Serie A and will not wait for Barcelona to make their move.
So, the La Liga leaders will need to make a decision quickly and act swiftly if they wish to land Pavard from Bayern next summer.