Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirms that his club will start negotiating a contract extension with Inter Milan transfer target Benjamin Pavard.

The Nerazzurri have set their sights on the 27-year-old who can play either at centre-back or as a right-back, which renders him a natural fit for Simone Inzaghi’s 3-5-2 formation, likely as a replacement for the departing Milan Skriniar.

Moreover, the Frenchman’s contract with the Bundesliga champions is set to expire in 2024, so Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta and his collaborators are hoping to snatch his signature at a bargain price.

But despite the rumors linking the player with a summer exit, Bayern aren’t planning on relinquishing the services of their versatile defender so easily, as the club’s sporting director revealed his intent to renew the player’s contract.

“We’ll talk to him [Pavard] about the new contract and we’ll see what he thinks,” said Salihamidzic in an interview with German newspaper AbendZeitung via FcInterNews.

“I’m happy with him, he’s doing very well and his performances are excellent”

Pavard joined Bayern in 2019 following an impressive stint at Stuttgart. He also earned fame during France’s triumphant World Cup campaign in 2018.

He was an automatic starter in Didier Deschamps’ starting lineup and scored one of the tournament’s most spectacular goals against Argentine in the Round of 16.

This season, the Frenchman has contributed with four goals and one assist in 26 Bundesliga appearances. He also scored twice in his nine Champions League outings.