Benjamin Pavard, a star player for France, is said to have informed Bayern Munich of his desire to quit the club, which has prompted Manchester United to take his future club situation very seriously.
The player who won the World Cup moved from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart to Bayern Munich in a transaction of £35 million in 2019. He has been used primarily as a right defender during his time at the Allianz Arena, despite the fact that he would prefer to play in a more central role.
Pavard was pushed even further away from playing in his preferred position after Juve signed Mattijs De Ligt, and now the Frenchman has decided that it is time for him to try his luck elsewhere, as reported by Metro. The signing of Mattijs De Ligt also meant that Pavard was pushed even further away from playing in his preferred position.
The player, who is now 26 years old, has 18 months left on the contract he now has with Bavaria. This essentially indicates that the best chances for the German club to recuperate a major portion of the cost associated with the player are in the months of January and Summer of the following year.
In reality, United expressed interest in Pavard during the summer of 2017. However, Erik ten Hag also sees him as a right-back, which may provide a problem for the player once more.
After losing his starting spot to Diogo Dalot under the management of the Dutchman, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has not yet participated in a match for the team. Wan-Bissaka is widely expected to leave the club soon, most likely in January.
However, United will not cash in on Wan-Bissaka unless they get an offer that meets their requirements for such a transaction.
Despite repeated speculations linking Pavard to the club, Ten Hag is reportedly more concerned with finding a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo in the month of January.
The Portuguese icon was let go by the club after making contentious statements in an interview with Piers Morgan, which led to the interview’s publication.
The money that United have saved on the striker’s pay, which is approximately £16 million, is one positive aspect of Ronaldo’s departure from the club.
However, there is a catch in the form of new laws for financial fair play on the horizon. This may indicate that the Red Devils are only interested in finding a player to replace Ronaldo and are not looking to strengthen any other areas of Ten Hag’s squad.
Joao Felix, Karim Benzema, and Cody Gakpo are just some of the names that have been mentioned in connection with possible signings. Cody Gakpo, on the other hand, typically plays in a little deeper role for PSV and the Netherlands.
On the 21st of December, United will return to play in the domestic scene when they host Burnley in the Carabao Cup.
Manchester United has little possibilities to enhance transfer funds
Last week’s Manchester United finances revealed a £306million debt for recent signings.
United spent a record £218million in the summer transfer window, benefiting Erik ten Hag.
These deals were largely on credit. Some instalments will have been paid ahead, but the £306million in “transfer fees and other associated charges in relation to the acquisition of players’ registrations” reveals that that window’s spending is far from complete.
Football clubs usually pay transfer fees in installments, but United paid £80million for Harry Maguire in 2019. However, that implies money is already set aside for next year and the year after that.
United overspent in Ten Hag’s first summer, paying £70million for Casemiro, who has no resale value. United’s Brazilian is great, but that’s a lot. They also paid £85.5million for Antony late in the window, although initial estimations were half that.
United has promised not to repeat the summer spending spree. This club has endeavored to balance the finances under the Glazers, which is difficult when some of your revenue goes to debt and dividends.
Ten Hag has said he would welcome more “investment” if the Glazers sell United, but that is unlikely to happen next month or even next summer.
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, Ten Hag wants to buy a striker in January, but Old Trafford’s recruiting department is always reluctant to enter the winter market and getting value for money will be nearly difficult.
Ronaldo’s wages saved United £16million, but any new forward will cost more. Last summer’s spending may require selling to raise finances.
Ten Hag’s squad has excess players, but getting big money for them may be difficult. Manchester City and Liverpool have thrived at selling academy graduates or peripheral players to boost transfer budgets or balance big signings. United struggle.
City sold Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Pedro Porro, Ko Itakura, and Ari Muric this summer to pay for Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips, Manuel Akanji, and Sergio Gomez. Despite not playing, the last three earned over £14m.
Liverpool recovered much of their Darwin Nunez investment. Again, Neco Williams, Takumi Minamino, Marko Grujic, and Ben Davies brought in £43million and were hardly missed.
United only sold Andreas Pereira and Tahith Chong for £10million. Eric Bailly is on loan at Marseille, but a £5.1million obligation to buy depends on Champions League qualification and appearance criteria.
United can sell additional players. United must sell Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Brandon Williams to increase their transfer fees. Given his World Cup performances with Uruguay, United may sell Facundo Pellistri. With Ten Hag well-stocked for wide players, it may be time to sell.
Senior players may leave. United will not get close to the £40million they spent Ajax for Donny van de Beek two years ago.
Summer was successful. Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, and Antony have had moments.
United may continue paying for them. Ten Hag may need to sell to buy before the January sales to fill further squad holes.