Chelsea transfer news: De Ligt confusion opens door for Tuchel to secure fantastic Bayern signing

Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard

The possibility of Bayern Munich beating Chelsea to the signing of Matthijs de Ligt could pave the way for the Blues to snap up an intriguing alternative transfer, per reports.

Chelsea are known to be on the hunt for a minimum of two new centre-backs this summer. Antonio Rudiger has joined Real Madrid, while Andreas Christensen is now a Barcelona player. Both stars left as free agents.

The Blues have been linked with a plethora of viable replacements, with the most high profile name that of Matthijs de Ligt.

The signs had looked positive after Juventus reportedly softened their stance on the fee. The Italian outfit could sell for around £70-£75m – far below the Dutchman’s £103m release clause.

However, Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg revealed Bayern Munich are now in the mix for De Ligt. What’s more, the journalist declared Bayern to be De Ligt’s preferred destination if he does leave Juventus.

Whether Bayern can finance a move is open to debate. However, should they get serious about pulling off the coup, a requisite exit will be required.

On that front, Plettenberg provided a second update that revealed Benjamin Pavard could be the fall guy. Furthermore, he claimed Chelsea are one of three clubs interested in the Frenchman.

The 26-year-old is an incredibly versatile player, capable of operating at left-back, right-back, centre-half or as a wing-back. That could make him an invaluable asset to Tuchel who operates with a back five.

Plettenberg tweeted Pavard ‘could leave’ Bayern this summer. Talks regarding his future are already said to have taken place internally.

Aside from Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Juventus are in the mix. Juve’s interest would obviously depend on first selling De Ligt.

Pavard option an intriguing one

The France international isn’t an out-and-out centre-half, though he can play in the position. His adjustment would also be easier in a back five than a back four.

While no details on his valuation are presented, it stands to reason he’d cost significantly less than De Ligt would.

At 26, Pavard is in the prime of his career and is vastly experienced. Aside from lifting trophies on the regular with Bayern, he is also a World Cup winner with France and has amassed 45 caps.

If De Ligt were to join Bayern, a Blues raid for Pavard could quickly become a very fine consolation prize indeed.