Manchester United’s pursuit of Benjamin Pavard could be put on hold within the next 24 hours, as Inter Milan and Bayern Munich are nearing a deal.
The Frenchman was identified as a replacement for Harry Maguire if the former captain left the club, but his mooted move to West Ham United has been dealt the ultimate blow.
While Manchester United are open to offers for the defender and, according to The Peoples Person, are willing to pay more for the World Cup champion once he is moved, it appears that the Bavarian giants have concluded that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Inter, according to the dependable Gianluca Di Marzio, have taken steps to “close the purchase” of Pavard “in these hours.”
He goes on to suggest that they “may close perhaps as early as [today], Monday 21 August.”
Benjamin Pavard is desperate to leave Bayern Munich this summer, and his social media activity revealed that he was pursuing a move to Manchester United.
However, as The Peoples Person revealed yesterday, the athlete appears to have been playing for both sides, with identical activity on the Serie A side’s Instagram profile in recent days.
Pavard is putting “pressure” on Bayern to trade him, and Di Marzio says he “wants Inter” this summer.
United may have been willing to pay more for the France international, but because their bid is totally contingent on the sale of Harry Maguire, the Red Devils are unable to fight for his signature at this moment.
Pavard looks to be tired of waiting for Manchester United to sort out their finances and sees Inter Milan as a more appealing option.
Their CEO, Beppe Marotta, was sure of a deal for the defender and appears to have been correct, as the Nerazzurri improved their initial offer.
While Manchester United would have had to pay €40 million to get Benjamin Pavard, Inter expect to complete a deal for €30 million, with €3 million in performance-related bonuses.