Bayern Munich have reportedly alerted Benjamin Pavard that he’ll be a second-choice defender next season, with the Frenchman linked with a move to Liverpool.
According to Kicker, Pavard will drop down to the bench as part of Thomas Tuchel’s defensive overhaul of Bayern, with Kim Min-jae and Matthijs de Ligt expected to be the starting centre-back partnership at the club next season.
Whilst Pavard can play at right-back and is usually used in this role, there is an expectation that Bayer will look to evolve past the France international, especially with the defender wanted by Liverpool.
Pavard is one of a handful of players Bayern are open to selling this summer, with the versatile superstar valued at €35m (£30m), a fee that could be appealing to the likes of Liverpool.
With the former VfB Stuttgart star now set to be benched for the start of the season, there’s a good chance that Liverpool could now make a swoop for Pavard if the finances of such a transfer make sense.
MORE LIVERPOOL STORIES
Indeed, Liverpool are still in the market for a versatile defender this summer, and given Pavard’s quality, the Bundesliga titan could be an excellent signing for the Reds.
Liverpool should test the waters with Pavard
Liverpool have been linked with Pavard for most of the summer, and a deal could now be in the making with Bayern making a rather definitive decision on the defender’s playing time next season.
Of course, there’s every chance that the centre-back can return to Tuchel’s starting XI should an injury occur. But with Pavard’s long-term future at Bayern on the ropes, a move to Liverpool could make a lot of sense.
With money there to be spent, Liverpool risk nothing making a move for Pavard in the coming weeks, with the defender the perfect competition for Trent Alexander-Arnold as well as centre-back cover for the new season.