Report: Chelsea now set sights on £31m defender with three league titles, he'll be on the move next year
Chelsea are reportedly interested in Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard as a potential transfer target.
Pavard, who’s won three Bundesliga league titles in his career, is a highly-rated defender.
The 26-year-old right-back is a regular starter for German club Bayern Munich, scoring four goals in 21 games across all competitions so far this season. It’s worth mentioning he can cover comfortably as a centre-back, too.
He’s now joined up with the France squad for the World Cup in Qatar, and he was an important player four years ago when his country won the previous World Cup tournament.
Chelsea interested in Benjamin Pavard
According to Sport, there’s a number of top European clubs that are keen on the idea of signing Pavard.
It is understood that the full-back will be exiting Bayern Munich in 2023 after a fallout with his manager, Julian Nagelsmann.
The report explains Barcelona are potential suitors to buy Pavard, reigniting their previous interest in him.
In addition, AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid have explored the possibility of his signature.
Sport suggests that Bayern Munich will hope to recoup the entire €35million (£31million) sum they paid for Pavard in 2019, with his current deal not expiring for another 18 months.
There’s no doubt Chelsea need to sign cover for Reece James, who is unfortunately not going to the World Cup with England.
On paper, Pavard looks like he’d be a great addition to the squad at Stamford Bridge.
His quality at right-back means he could provide competition for James, but he’s got the versatility to slot in as a centre-back, too.
The recent injury to James has left a massive hole in the starting line-up down the right flank, which is why it’s important the club quickly reinforce this area of the squad.