Now it’s official – Inter Milan have completed a deal to sign defender Benjamin Pavard from Bayern Munich.
The Nerazzurri confirm the Frenchman’s arrival in an official statement. He signs on a five-year contract until the end of June 2028.
This summer, one of Inter’s priorities has been to secure a replacement for defender Milan Skriniar.
The Slovakian left at the end of his contract, joining Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Skriniar’s departure leaves a big hole on the right side of Inter’s defense. The loss of veteran defender Danilo D’Ambrosio, also at the end of his contract, only underscored the need for Inter to sign a player who can strengthen the right-sided role in the back three.
And now, with just over a week to go in the summer transfer window, Inter have signed their Skriniar replacement.
2018 World Cup winner Pavard has completed his move from Bayern.
Inter Milan Sign Benjamin Pavard From Bayern Munich
Inter have negotiated with Bayern over the past few weeks.
They have clearly identified Pavard as the player to reinforce in defense.
The two clubs have reportedly agreed a fee worth around €30 million plus €2 million in add-ons for Pavard.
A key factor in the move was Pavard’s insistence on joining Inter.
The 27-year-old’s contract with Bayern was set to run out at the end of June. He had long made clear that he had no intention of signing a new deal.
Pavard’s preference is to play as a defender rather than in an attack-minded fullback role. Therefore, he wanted to join a team where this would be the case, which will be the case at Inter.
Manchester United have also made an attempt to sign Pavard late in the transfer window. However, it is the Nerazzurri who have found an agreement with Bayern on a deal.
Pavard joined Bayern in the summer of 2019 from Stuttgart.
Since his arrival, the Frenchman has made a total of 163 appearances for the German champions. He has scored twelve goals in the process.
Meanwhile, Pavard has made 49 appearances for the French national team. He made his debut for Les Bleus in 2017, and was a regular starter as they won the 2018 World Cup.
Pavard was also part of France’s squad at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. However, he did not start in the final against Argentina.