Inter Milan will either sign Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard this summer for a fee, or next summer on a free transfer.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

The clock continues to tick on Inter’s pursuit of Bayern defender Pavard.

The former Stuttgart defender wants the move, and he is the Nerazzurri’s top target to replace Milan Skriniar.

Moreover, Inter have already agreed a fee for Pavard with Bayern.

Last week, the two clubs shook hands on a deal worth €30 million plus €2 million in add-ons. All that is missing is the final green light for the deal from Bayern.

However, that is precisely the issue for Inter and for Pavard.

The Bavarians have still not given the go-ahead for the Frenchman to join Inter.

By all accounts Bayern are aiming to sign a suitable replacement for the Frenchman before they will allow his sale to the Nerazzurri.

Inter Will Sign Benjamin Pavard For A Fee This Summer – Or For Free Next Summer

One factor that has shaped the dynamic of Pavard’s whole situation is the duration of his contract with Bayern.

The 27-year-old’s deal with the German champions runs out at the end of next June.

Therefore, this summer would represent Bayern’s last chance to cash in on Pavard for a substantial fee. If they are to sell him for the amount they have already agreed with Inter, it would be no small windfall for a player in the final year of his deal.

And for their part, Inter are keeping next summer in mind if they can’t sign Pavard this time around.

As things stand, the Frenchman has made clear that his preference is to join Inter.

And the Nerazzurri could aim to use that to their advantage next summer.

If Bayern won’t release Pavard now, then Inter will sign an alternative target in defense. But far from their interest in the Frenchman disappearing, they will aim to simply delay his arrival by one year, and without a transfer fee.