A lot of outgoings are expected at Manchester United, especially in defence as Erik ten Hag tries to mould the squad in his own image while also trying to supplement his original transfer budget through sales.
United expected to bring in another defender
“Benjamin Pavard, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, is believed to have been closely watched by Arsenal, Newcastle and Man Utd,” the report stated.
United scouts were present to watch the Bavarian giants succumb to a 3-1 loss at home to RB Leipzig and while it was not the best advertisement for the Frenchman’s talents, his season stats certainly show him in better light.
The World Cup winner has made 42 appearances across all competitions this campaign and has netted an impressive seven goals while chipping in with an assist.
The 27-year-old is equally adept at the heart of defence as well as in the right-back slot and Ten Hag could do with someone as versatile as the France international.
Pavard is a good fit for ETH’s style
Pavard is in the top 99 percentile for goals scored by defenders and in the same bracket for passes attempted and progressive passes while he is also in the 92 percentile for progressive carries (as per fbref).
These stats show that he is a fine fit for the Dutch manager’s system and the defender is valued at €35million as per Transfermarkt with his current deal expiring in 2024.
Pavard wants to play more as a centre-back and is being eyed by big clubs such as Barcelona, Arsenal and Newcastle and United will not find it easy to do a deal for the Frenchman.
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