Wednesday, December 7, 2022

26-year-old defender ‘willing’ to join Chelsea if Blues make ‘serious offer’

Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard is open to the possibility of joining Chelsea this summer, according to Bild journalist Christian Falk.

Chelsea currently have two senior right-backs in their ranks in the shape of Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta. However, the latter has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona during the ongoing transfer window.

The Blues have also seen key centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave on free transfers this summer. They are thus keen to strengthen their defense before the transfer window slams shut.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were hopeful of signing long-term target Jules Kounde from Sevilla. However, the Frenchman, who can operate both as a centre-back and right-back, has joined Barcelona instead.

Bayern’s Pavard, who boasts a similar versatility, has thus emerged as an option for Chelsea. They, along with Manchester United, have been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old this summer.

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Pavard remained coy over when asked about his future at the Allianz Arena recently. However, he would be ‘willing’ to join the Stamford Bridge outfit, according to the aforementioned source.

Chelsea, though, will have to make a ‘serious offer’ to acquire the right-back’s services. It remains to be seen if they are prepared to meet Munich’s demands for the France international.

It is also unclear whether Manchester United intend to step up their interest in Pavard. The Red Devils currently have Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in their ranks and will likely only move for the player if they sell one of them.

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