Report: Benjamin Pavard agrees terms with Manchester United

Jul 23, 2019; Kansas City , KS, USA; (Editor's Note: Caption Correction) Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard (5) passes the ball against Milan during the International Champions Cup soccer series at Children's Mercy Park. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 23, 2019; Kansas City , KS, USA; (Editor's Note: Caption Correction) Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard (5) passes the ball against Milan during the International Champions Cup soccer series at Children's Mercy Park. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard has verbally agreed on personal terms with Manchester United, according to Sky Sport Germany.

The French defender has reportedly been very keen on joining the Red Devils. An initial approach by United for Benjamin Pavard was rejected by Bayern. The German champions are hoping to hold onto the player, despite having only one year left on his contract.

The report is an encouraging sign that something can be worked out between the clubs now. It would be no surprise to know that manager Erik Ten Hag is a fan of Pavard’s versatility, given that the player is able to play at his favoured centre-back position, but also at right-back previously. Victor Lindelof is capable of doing the same, but Pavard’s natural ability to play out wide is an upgrade in that sense, and offers Ten Hag not only with defensive reinforcements, but winning experience too.

If United do move for the Bayern Munich man, it would likely seal the door shut on a move for Jean-Claire Todibo, who has a much higher ceiling at a younger age.