It’s no secret that Chelsea are in need of defensive reinforcements this summer, and Matthijs de Ligt has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. But Thomas Tuchel has reportedly set his sights on Bayern Munich star Benjamin Pavard as the Frenchman is more versatile.
Tuchel could raid German giants Bayern for 26-year-old defender Pavard this summer, according to The Mirror.
The Bundesliga champions may have to sell in order to bring in their intended targets. In fact, one of Bayern’s main targets is De Ligt, as the German side appear to have scuppered Chelsea’s intended raid for the Juventus star.
But when one door closes, another opens, and Pavard could be forced out in order to facilitate Bayern’s move for the Dutchman. Tuchel could see Pavard as a potential major asset across his back-line, as the Frenchman can play in a number of positions, and has done so for club and country.
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Pavard first announced himself to the world when he scored a stunning goal for France during their 4-3 win over Argentina during the 2018 World Cup, which they went on to win. Bayern quickly moved in for the Frenchman, and has been a success at the club ever since.
Three Bundesliga titles have followed, and Pavard even scooped up the Champions League back in 2020 after Bayern beat Paris Saint Germain in the final. Pavard made 35 appearances for Bayern across all competitions last season, but the club are reportedly open to selling the star they paid £30million for back in 2019.
Chelsea aren’t alone in their chase, as Atletico Madrid are also keen alongside Juventus. Diego Simeone’s side have now let Sime Vrsaljko leave the club just months after Kieran Tripper vacated the right-back position.