Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard has admitted that he could see himself leaving the club after Man Utd were interested in him during the summer.
The right-back earned a move to Bayern Munich a few months after he helped France win the World Cup in 2018.
Pavard has played 127 times for the German side over the past few seasons as he has won three Bundesliga titles and one Champions League.
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One of Man Utd’s priorities in the summer was to sign a new right-back, but they were unable to get a deal done.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is not fancied by Erik ten Hag but the defender was made to stay with a replacement not lined up.
Diogo Dalot is the manager’s right-choice right-back and to his credit, he has shone in the early weeks of the campaign.
Fabrizio Romano has named several players United were linked with in the summer. Right-backs Sergino Dest and Thomas Meunier were among them:
“Memphis Depay on a free transfer, Moises Caicedo was a player considered for the midfield as Rabiot was not joining, Leandro Paredes was discussed by Man United and PSG,” Romano said.
PSG were looking for a solution for Paredes and Man United were looking for a different solution.
“Weston McKennie was a player offered to Man United, but they were interested in a different kind of player for the midfield.
“There were also for other positions. For the winger, because the Antony deal was on standby, [Yannick] Carrasco was offered on a permanent deal, not on loan. Christian Pulisic was discussed by Manchester United and Chelsea, but United tried for a loan and Chelsea had no intention of accepting that.
“Hirving Lozano was offered to Man United and they said no.
“Many other positions, for example the right-back. Sergino Dest was offered, it is also important to mention Thomas Meunier.
“He was offered but Borussia Dortmund had no intention to proceed.”
United also reportedly made an ‘approach’ for Pavard, but this was ‘rejected’ as Bayern were keen to keep the defender.
A move could be back on the table next year if Pavard does not extend his contract. His current deal expires in 2024.
Pavard has now acknowledged that he “had calls from different clubs” in the summer:
“I questioned myself. I had calls from different clubs with my agent,” Pavard told Telefoot.
“Afterwards, I had the Bayern coach with whom we spoke and with whom we have a good relationship.
“He made me understand that I was in his plans, that I was important for the team.
“Maybe one day I will go to one of these clubs, you never know what the future holds.
“I’m still at [under contract] at Bayern Munich [until 2024]. Afterwards, we have time to project ourselves.”