Defender Benjamin Pavard has started for Bayern Munich in a friendly match despite Inter Milan pressing to sign him.

This according to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews, who report that not only are the Nerazzurri, but also the 27-year-old and his representatives also trying to put pressure on Bayern to make the transfer happen.

Inter are trying to complete a deal for Pavard soon.

The Frenchman looks to be the player who the Nerazzurri have identified as their chosen defensive reinforcement. He would arrive to take the place for Milan Skriniar who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

However, there is no guarantee that Bayern will accept a bid from Inter. Or, indeed, that the Bavarians will sanction a sale of Pavard at all.

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Yesterday, Bayern played their first Bundesliga match of the season, against Werder Bremen.

Pavard did not appear in that match. It is widely believed that this had plenty to do with uncertainty around the Frenchman’s future considering the interest from Inter.

Moreover, Manchester United are also interested in signing Pavard.

However, if Pavard’s absence against Bremen was a boost for Inter, today’s sign is less optimistic.

The German champions played a friendly match against players from Italian team Sudtirol. The purpose of that match was to keep some of the players who did not appear against Bremer fresh with the season now underway.

And Pavard was part of the starting eleven for that match.

As Sky note, Bayern have already rejected an offer from Man United worth €38 million for Pavard.

Clearly, even with the player’s contract expiring at the end of next June, the Bavarians are in no hurry to sell.

Now, a lot could come down to how Bayern react to the pressure from Inter, and from Pavard and his representatives, over the next few days.