Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard has settled on joining Inter Milan for tactical reasons.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the 27-year-old feels that playing in a back three is the best role for him and that the Nerazzurri would let him play in his preferred position.

Pavard now looks to be getting closer and closer to Inter.

The move is not yet complete. But reports suggest that the Nerazzurri have convinced Bayern and will soon get the deal over the line.

An important factor has been the player himself insisting on the transfer.

The Frenchman has, for some time, made clear that he is far from content at Bayern. He has indicated that he has no intention of signing an extension to the contract that runs out at the end of next June.

And the reason for this is that Pavard feels that Bayern are not playing him in the role that he feels most comfortable in.

Benjamin Pavard Wants To Leave Bayern For Inter For Tactical Reasons

Pavard has never hidden the fact that he prefers to play as a centre-back rather than a fullback or wingback.

The former Stuttgart defender relishes the defensive side of the game. As far as pushing forward and contributing to the attack, he is not as adept at it.

Therefore, Pavard can play as a very defensively-minded right-back. He has in fact frequently done this for the French national team, including winning the 2018 World Cup playing in the role.

However, playing on the right side of a back four for Bayern is a different proposition.

And Pavard has been vocal about his preference – he wants to play as an out-and-out defender, not an attacking fullback.

Therefore, playing on the right side of Inter’s back three would in fact offer the Frenchman a role that ideally suits his qualities.

Under Simone Inzaghi, Inter’s wide centre-backs do have to get forward and support the attack in many situations. But it is not their main duty, and is more of something they participate in with the whole team.

Pavard’s technical ability and passing range would make him a strong addition in the buildup phase.

But under Inzaghi, Pavard will be asked to stick to the defensive side of the game far more than has been the case at Bayern. And that is precisely what the player has always wanted.