Arsenal are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard following a long-term injury for Jurrien Timber, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (page 8).
The Gunners recently suffered a huge setback with Timber suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury and he could be sidelined for most of the current season.
As a result, the club are looking to fill the void with a new signing, and Gazzetta claim that they are interested in securing the services of Pavard from Bayern.
Inter Milan and Manchester United are also in the running to sign the World Cup winner, but the Gunners could have an advantage over the duo in the pursuit.
Bayern are prepared to sell the 27-year-old for €30 million plus €5m in add-ons. Inter are currently reluctant to pay more than €25m for the Frenchman.
United, on the other hand, are completely reliant on Harry Maguire’s departure to sign Pavard. Maguire recently turned down a move to West Ham United.
Pavard could make the switch to Arsenal
Pavard has less than 11 months remaining on his Bayern contract. He has made his intention clear to leave the club and has no plans of penning a renewal.
Bayern are likely to cash in on him before the transfer deadline or else they could lose him on a free transfer. He can sign a pre-contract from January onwards.
In our view, the Frenchman would be a quality acquisition for Arsenal to fill Timber’s void.
Last season, he completed 67 passes per game in Bundesliga with an accuracy of 90 per cent. He won 2.3 tackles and five duels per appearance with 2.5 clearances.
He would fit perfectly into the plans of manager Mikel Arteta. For €30m up front, he would represent a good piece of investment as he is in the prime of his career.
Pavard can comfortably play in central defence or at right-back.
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