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Bayern unlikely to make move for Pavard this summer

Even if Jerome Boateng heads to Paris, Munich are unlikely to bring in a replacement.

France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final

The links between World Cup star Benjamin Pavard and Bayern Munich seem to grow stronger every day this summer. Despite the murmurs of a pre-agreement which would see the VfB Stuttgart defender move to Bavaria in 2019, Bayern CEO Karl Heinz-Rummenigge has poured cold water on any talk that the move could happen a year sooner.

When asked by Sport Bild if Pavard could link up with Bayern in the event of Jerome Boateng completing his heavily-reported move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Munich boss refuted the idea:

No. We have Hummels, we have Süle, we have Martinez, who can play in the central defense, also Alaba, and another two youth players, Lukas Mai and Chris Richards. That’s a lot of quality.

The departure of Boateng has very much been a heavy topic this transfer window as his poor performance for Germany during the World Cup did little to help the perception that the 29-year-old may be in need of a fresher challenge to revamp his career. The happy-spending Parisians seem set to pounce should the center back become available. Rumminegge seemingly invited such a move with these quotes:

If a serious offer arrives, we’re ready to tackle it.

The first news bit here might be a little concerning as Bayern could be leaving itself short on numbers in the center back position. If a “serious offer” does arrive on the oft-injured Boateng, however, then Bayern may do well to strongly consider it despite the lack of veteran depth on the roster if the club is looking to maximize the value of the German international.

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