Real Madrid will reportedly be willing to shell out up to €18 million to sign versatile French defender Benjamin Pavard from Bayern Munich.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Real Madrid will be open to paying between €15 million and €18 million to sign Benjamin Pavard. The versatile French defender might leave Bayern Munich in the 2023 summer transfer window.

Benjamin Pavard has taken his career to new heights since joining Bayern Munich from VfB Stuttgart in July 2019. The 26-year-old has been a regular for the Bundesliga champions, playing his part in their domestic dominance. At the same time, he remains a pivotal figure for the French national side.

The versatile French defender has turned out 140 times for Bayern Munich, chipping in with nine goals and 11 assists. But Pavard will likely leave Die Roten next summer as he wants to embark on a new adventure. Such a situation has captured the attention of several high-profile clubs, including Real Madrid.

Real Madrid can kill two birds with one stone by signing Benjamin Pavard. That is because the reigning La Liga champions are in the market for a centre-back and a right-back. Amid uncertainties surrounding the future of Nacho, Real Madrid might need to invest in a centre-back.

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In addition, Dani Carvajal has seen his performance levels dip considerably in the last few years. Meanwhile, Alvaro Odriozola does not feature in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, while Lucas Vazquez has blown hot and cold. So Real Madrid will have to sign a right-back next summer. That is where versatile French defender Benjamin Pavard comes into the picture.

The 26-year-old will likely primarily feature as a right-back while being a backup option for the central defensive positions. And Real Madrid will be willing to pay up to €18 million to sign Pavard, setting the lower limit at €15 million. But such an offer might not be enough, with recent reports claiming Bayern Munich will demand €35 million.

Real Madrid recently held talks with Pavard’s entourage, and it will be interesting to see if they can coax Bayern Munich to compromise on the transfer fee. If not, Los Blancos will have to raise the bid from €18 million, which might not be a certainty.

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