Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard is one of the most sought-after players in Europe. The 27-year-old has been linked with top clubs including Barcelona, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Manchester United. He is a highly versatile player who can play both right back and centre back, as well as occasionally fill in as defensive midfielder.
Pavard started his professional career at Lille OSC in 2014 and quickly became one of the team’s key players. During his four years there he won several individual awards such as the UNFP Young Player of the Year in 2016/17. He also helped Lille reach the UEFA Europa League group stages twice during his time there.
In January 2018 he made a move to Bayern Munich for around €35 million making him their most expensive defender ever. Shortly after joining the German side, he was part of their record breaking treble winning season where they captured the Bundesliga title, DFB-Pokal, and DFL Supercup all within a matter of months. His performances led to him being named in UEFA’s Team of the Year for 2019 and FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2020 among other accolades.
It is easy to see why so many big clubs are interested in Pavard’s services given his performances during his time at Bayern Munich. He is an incredibly consistent player who rarely makes mistakes while defending and provides threat going forward with his clever passing and dribbling ability. His versatility is also a major plus point; while he primarily played right back during his time at Bayern Munich due to Joshua Kimmich taking up duties at centre back, Pavard has proven himself more than capable when playing in defence’s heart regardless if it be on either flank or centrally. This attribute has helped him become one of France’s best defenders with 33 caps since making his debut in November 2016 which was only weeks before helping them win Euro 2016 when they beat Portugal 1-0 thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s goal late on.
It seems likely that Benjamain Pavard will soon leave Bayern Munich for pastures new this summer with plenty of suitors waiting to acquire his signature on their shirts sporting a Bayern Munich jersey once again could prove difficult as they would want an astronomical fee for their prized asset rather than risk losing him for nothing next year when his contract runs out. With so many teams vying for Pavard’s signature it is sure to be an interesting few months ahead as we await where he will end up plying his trade next season.