Manchester United have failed with an approach for Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard as they look to sign a new right-back, a report claims.
United have mostly focused on new midfielders and attackers this summer following last season’s dismal end. Casemiro has ticked the first box amid his arrival from Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Ajax star Antony could soon be a new Old Trafford forward if the Red Devils pay north of £80million.
But Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag also wants a new right-back. And reports in July revealed that France international Pavard emerged on the Red Devils’ radar.
Shortly after, Chelsea also put the feelers out for the 26-year-old, who Bayern were willing to sell for at least £30million.
According to L’Equipe, United only made their move for Pavard ‘a few days ago’. But talks with Bayern will not advance as the defender wants to stay with the Bundesliga champions.
Indeed, he told the German giants his decision ‘several weeks’ ago – so Bayern have now also changed their minds.
The development is a blow to Man Utd, who want a new right-back in before the transfer window closes next Thursday.
Pavard, who burst onto the scene at the World Cup in 2018 with his long-range goal for France, has visions of becoming more versatile as a centre-back.
He could therefore have been a similar addition to Lisandro Martinez, the former Ajax centre-back who can play left-back.
Ten Hag currently has Diogo Dalot as his first-choice right-back. There are doubts over Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who came on as a substitute in Monday’s Premier League win over Liverpool.
As well as Pavard, United are also keen on Inter’s Netherlands international Denzel Dumfries.
Ten Hag may stick after Pavard blow
Ten Hag has added a new left-back in Tyrell Malacia, but it looks unlikely a new right-back will arrive.
Pavard has decided he is staying at Bayern and has his eyes on another Bundesliga title.
Dumfries, meanwhile, has scored one goal in his first two Serie A games of the season and is looking to drive his side back to the Serie A title.
As such, Ten Hag may stick with what he has – at least until January – and assess the situation further.
But Dalot is entering the final year of his contract, so right-back is becoming an increasingly pressing area for the new manager to sort.