Benjamin Pavard’s future at Bayern Munich is very clearly darkened with the unexpected arrival of Joao Cancelo at the German champions.
Here is a twist, a real one, in terms of the transfer window. Florian Plettenberg, Sky’s reporter in Germany, dropped a little bombshell. Manchester City’s Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo is on his way to Bayern Munich.
The information is surprising, because Cancelo (28) was an important part of Pep Guardiola’s system in previous seasons. But for Bayern, it’s a very big blow, just over two weeks before the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.
News #Cancel: The 28 y/o right back from #MCFC is on his way to Munich! Medical scheduled for today. Loan until the end of the season. Massive transfer for Bayern! Pavard is not in shape and can leave the club in summer. Mazraoui is out for weeks. @SkySportDE 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/Og5xEl0R2H
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 30, 2023
Leaving at the end of the season for Pavard?
The German champions had a short-term need, as Benjamin Pavard is described as “out of shape” and Noussair Mazraoui has not played since the World Cup. The Moroccan is suffering from the effects of the Covid and will be absent for several more weeks, while the Frenchman is in a more vague situation, in line with his relegation to the bench with the Blues.
In the longer term, this recruitment could well seal the fate of Pavard at Bayern. Although he has regularly played in the axis in recent seasons, the 2018 world champion is more often used on the right by Julian Nagelsmann. The recruitment of Cancelo comes to block his horizon in this position, and as Pavard will be at the end of the contract next June, the tendency always leans towards a departure. Fabrizio Romano also immediately recalled that the Frenchman was notably followed by FC Barcelona…
Bayern have decided to proceed with surprising Cancelo deal as Mazraoui is injuried and Pavard could leave in the summer as Barcelona are keen on signing him. 🚨🔴🇵🇹 #Cancel
Bayern, set to schedule medical tests if all goes to plan in the next 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/su8qo0BdMw
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023