Man Utd to lose second player to waiting game as Benjamin Pavard 'offer being prepared'

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Manchester United’s desire to offload players before splashing the cash could prove costly for the second time in quick succession. Bayern Munich star Benjamin Pavard is of interest at Old Trafford, but Inter Milan are also reportedly pushing to strike a deal for the defender.

Erik ten Hag made it clear heading into the summer transfer window that he wanted to freshen up his ranks, with investment into all departments. The ex-Ajax boss has been granted a new shot-stopper in the shape of Andre Onana, with Rasmus Hojlund joining from Atalanta to lead the line next season.

Mason Mount was purchased from Chelsea to provide an alternative option in midfield, with a defender now high on the shopping list. Bayer Leverkusen’s Edward Tapsoba and Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo are both admired with Pavard making up a three-man shortlist of considerations at the Theatre of Dreams.

However, United could have cost themselves the chance to sign the latter by sitting on their hands and not striking a deal with Bayern. According to L’Equipe, Inter are ‘preparing an offer for Pavard’ and are particularly attracted by his versatility, given that the former Stuttgart star can play as a centre-back and also a right-back.

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Benjamin Pavard is attracting plenty of interest (Image: Getty)

United identified Pavard as a target earlier this summer but are yet to table any offers for his services, opening up a window of opportunity for other clubs to pounce. The Red Devils have instead insisted that players must be offloaded.

Fred may be sold to Fenerbahce but Harry Maguire is expected to now stay after a drastic U-turn saw West Ham walk away from negotiations due to the ex-captain stalling on personal terms.

The Red Devils’ reluctance to continue purchasing top targets has also seen Sofyan Amrabat attract plenty of interest, with Liverpool now joining the race to sign the Fiorentina star. The Morocco international is viewed as the ideal option to provide cover for Casemiro in midfield, whilst allowing Ten Hag to play a defensive-minded double pivot in certain fixtures.

Sofyan Amrabat is waiting to learn whether he will leave Fiorentina (Image: Getty)

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However, the race to secure his signature is now wide open and Liverpool’s drastic need to sign another midfielder could see them steal a march on their rivals. The Reds have offloaded the majority of their midfielders this summer in order to rebuild the department.

Both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia rejected the chance to head to Anfield in favour of joining Chelsea which has prompted Jurgen Klopp’s side to scour the market in search of alternatives.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/1803361/Man-Utd-transfer-news-Benjamin-Pavard-Sofyan-Amrabat