Arsenal are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard following a long-term injury for Jurrien Timber

UNTERHACHING, GERMANY – AUGUST 07: Benjamin Pavard of FC Bayern München talks to team mate Nouassir Mazraoui during the pre-season friendly match between FC Bayern München and AS Monaco at Sportpark Unterhaching on August 07, 2023 in Unterhaching, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

The Gunners recently suffered a huge setback with Timber suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury and he could be sidelined for most of the current season.

Arsenal are looking to fill the void with a new signing and there’s a claim from Gazzetta dello sport, that the club are interested in securing the services of Pavard from Bayern.

Inter Milan and Manchester United are also in the running to sign the World Cup winner, but the Gunners could have an advantage over the duo in the pursuit.

Bayern are prepared to sell the 27-year-old for €30 million plus €5m in add-ons. Inter are currently reluctant to pay more than €25m for the Frenchman.

United, on the other hand, are completely reliant on Harry Maguire’s departure to sign Pavard. Maguire recently turned down a move to West Ham United.

Pavard has less than 11 months remaining on his Bayern contract. He has made his intention clear to leave the club and has no plans of penning a renewal.

Bayern are likely to cash in on him before the transfer deadline or else they could lose him on a free transfer. He can sign a pre-contract from January onwards.

Last season the Frenchman completed 67 passes per game in Bundesliga with an accuracy of 90 per cent. He won 2.3 tackles and five duels per appearance with 2.5 clearances.

Pavard can comfortably play in central defence or at right-back.