Manchester City want Benjamin Pavard as a new right-back option as Bayern Munich agree personal terms with Kyle Walker.
Florian Plettenberg Bayern Munich have announced they have agreed personal terms with key defensive target Kyle Walker. Manchester City are currently making a move to replace Benjamin Pavard and the two clubs could be in talks for both players.
The idea of a swap deal between Manchester City and Bayern Munich may not have occurred to Kyle Walker and Benjamin Pavard yet, but it is a developing scenario. Both fullbacks are keen on a new challenge, with a move to opposite ends looking a possibility.
Bayern Munich have been chasing Kyle Walker since the treble winner’s season ended. The 33-year-old was initially weighing up his options and even decided to stay at Man City. The club was even ready to offer a new contract.
However, things have changed with Bayern’s apparent interest in the 33-year-old, who is now open to joining the Bavarians. They also had Joao Cancelo on loan last season, but decided against taking €70m in his deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Manchester City now have Benjamin Pavard top of their list as new right-back. 🚨🔵 #MCFC
Kyle Walker is set to join Bayern and Man City’s preference is for Paward if the deal on the player side has progressed but is not yet complete.
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Instead, they seem to prefer Walker and have now agreed personal terms with the fullback. Florian Plettenberg is insisting on a deal until 2025 with an option for another season remaining on the table. Such a proposition would suit Walker in his search for a new challenge.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano Man City are reportedly interested in Bayern’s Paward. The Frenchman entered the final year of his contract and was expected to leave the Bundesliga giants this summer. Links to Pep Guardiola’s side have certainly surprised some, but his profile will please the Catalan.
Pavard can play at right-back and centrally, something Guardiola will appreciate having in his side. He is also a younger alternative to Walker, although the Catalan boss may have preferred to keep the latter. However, media reports may quickly point to the possibility of a swap deal, but it may not happen.
Man City are progressing in negotiations with the player side and will soon begin talks with Bayern to find a deal. The Bundesliga side could demand a significant fee in return for the 27-year-old World Cup winner, but Man City cannot negotiate.