In mid-November 2022, Benjamin Pavard poured oil into the rumor mill, which was usually at least gently glowing, about his future and openly spoke of leaving FC Bayern. As a result, FC Barcelona in particular was repeatedly brought up as a possible buyer. With the Catalans, however, one should now fear that they have only been exploited.
“I’m not averse to taking on a new challenge. Maybe now is the right time. Why not discover a new country, a new culture?” Benjamin Pavard flirted surprisingly openly with a farewell in an interview with “L’Équipe” at the end of 2022 from FC Bayern. However, the “sporting project” must be “interesting”.
A move to FC Barcelona, which has been speculated about repeatedly in recent months, is always interesting. Recently, however, the “Corriere dello Sport” reported a reversal.
According to the Italian newspaper, Pavard is about to extend his contract in Munich beyond the summer of 2024, and FC Bayern have made a good offer to the 26-year-old defender.
Negotiations with the Catalans just a means to an end?
A development that should not go down well at FC Barcelona. “Barca feel used by Benjamin Pavard,” judges “El Nacional”. The Catalans are said to fear it was just a means to an end for Pavard. The Frenchman forced FC Bayern to act with his behavior, his strategy “worked perfectly,” the report said.
According to “El Nacional”, it is particularly serious that Barcelona’s management team around President Joan Laporta did not see the development coming. Especially since you have already conducted negotiations with the world champion of 2018 and are said to have seen yourself on the right track.
In the meantime, however, one should have come to the conclusion that courting Pavard is hopeless, the position of the right-wing defender remains a construction site in Catalonia. According to the report, if all else fails, Barcelona will turn to another Bundesliga player: Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier.
The Belgian is still under contract with BVB until 2024, but can probably go if a club wags a fee in the summer. In Barcelona you should be ready for that.
Is it up to the sport.de-Users, Barcelona shouldn’t write Pavard off completely yet. In a poll of over 30,000 participants, 67 percent voted that FC Bayern and its defender should go their separate ways.