Man Utd, Liverpool target now ‘top’ of Man City shortlist as Guardiola eyes replacement for outgoing veteran

Manchester City will reportedly ‘discuss’ signing Bayern Munich right-back Benjamin Pavard as a replacement for Kyle Walker, who looks set to join the German club.

Pep Guardiola is thought to be keen on the France international but Manchester United and Liverpool have also registered an interest in him.

With that in mind, the three clubs could battle for Pavard this summer. Although, Man City are thought to have an advantage over their rivals On Twitter, he wrote: “Manchester City have now Benjamin Pavard on top of their list as a new right back.

“Pavard is Man City’s priority in case Kyle Walker will join Bayern, deal advanced on the player side but not completed yet.

“Bayern and City will discuss Walker and Pavard.”

Pavard has just one year remaining on his contract with Bayern and there is currently no indication that he will sign an extension.

As a result, the Bundesliga champions could be forced to sell him this summer to avoid him leaving on a free transfer.

Pavard’s situation has caught the attention of Man Utd and Liverpool in the past. But Man City are now leading the race for his signature. This is due to the fact they could potentially use Walker’s proposed move to Bayern to their advantage.

Since joining Bayern in 2019, Pavard has made 111 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals and making eight assists. Like Walker, he is a serial winner, lifting 12 major trophies in his career.

Of course, he is well-known thanks to his stunning goal in the 2018 World Cup final, which ultimately won France the tournament.

It isn’t clear how much Man City would have to pay to sign Pavard this summer.

Transfermarkt value him at approximately £40m, though, so an offer in that region may be required – unless they do include Walker as part of the deal – which would work out cheaper.

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