Callum Hudson-Odoi (18, Chelsea), Lucas Hernández (22, Atlético), Adrien Rabiot (23, PSG) and Benjamin Pavard (22, VfB) were all on Bayern’s Winter transfer list. In the end, none of them came to Bavarian capital in January, but as Hasan Salihamidžić already stated, Benjamin Pavard will join Bayern in July. Or will he?
According to Stuttgart’s sporting director, Michael Reschke, the deal is all but finalized:
Since there is still no transfer agreement between VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern Munich we also can’t confirm Benjamin Pavard’s transfer next Summer.
On 9th January, Salihamidžić announced that Bayern will activate the 35 million buy-clause. And according to transfermarkt.de sources, there is still no official agreement between two clubs. The day before the announcement, Brazzo contacted Michale Reschke by telephone and informed him of that he wanted to sign Pavard in the Winter transfer. Reschke rejected that proposal, and then the Bosnian said that the Rekordmeister will activate the buyout clause for Summer.
Stuttgart’s staff were unnerved when Salihamidžić went public about the Pavard deal. While Pavard expressed happiness about choosing Bayern, Stuttgart has to this day not made an official confirmation of the transfer and are reportedly still getting offers for the Frenchman.
We can observe the negative trend in the way Salihamidžić handles transfers. After a disappointing Summer transfer window, he was not able to buy a single player in January. It’s not bad when you don’t buy players, but the way how he approached those players was really bad. There was a constant drama, and it was so bad that Chelsea reportedly rejected all offers for Hudson-Odoi because of Bayern’s aggressive approach. Hasan Salihamidžić is still proving himself worthy of the sporting director position at Bayern. In light of recent events, Hasan’s future is still uncertain, but there is still next Summer for him to prove himself.