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Barcelona: Fabrizio Romano reveals interest in Benjamin Pavard

Barcelona are interested in a move for Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard, who could depart the club in the summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

What’s the word?

The 2018 World Cup winner could leave Bayern following claims he has been left frustrated behind the scenes, and his contract runs out in 18 months’ time.

Romano claims Barcelona are interested in the defender as they look to increase their quality at full-back. Jules Kounde has often played on the flanks this term, but his natural position is typically in the centre.

Should Barcelona sign Benjamin Pavard?

Yes!

Yes!

NO - Look elsewhere!

NO - Look elsewhere!

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano revealed that Barcelona are targeting the Frenchman with a view to a move.

He said: “We can confirm that Benjamin Pavard from Bayern is one of the names Barcelona are considering.

“He is a player appreciated, the relationship with his agent is excellent.

“From what I understand, there is a very good chance that Pavard will leave Bayern in the summer despite the statements of Bayern in public.”

A top-class addition

Despite his recent troubles at Bayern, Pavard is a quality defender with bags of experience at the top level.

He ranks in the top 2% of top-level full-backs for passes, progressive passes and interceptions, highlighting his strong ability on the ball, making him ideal for Xavi’s pass-leading side.

With Alejandro Balde or Jordi Alba operating as an attacking full-back on the left, having an option who is good on the ball and strong defensively on the opposite side is crucial, and his signing could even allow Kounde to return to the centre.

If a financially viable deal can be struck, he could be an excellent addition to the Barcelona squad for years to come.

However, one thing to possibly watch out for is his behaviour as he was dubbed a “toxic mole” for supposed leaks with France.