Inter Milan look set to beat Manchester United in the race for wantaway Bayern Munich star Benjamin Pavard.
Italian news publication Sky Italia reports that the Nerazzurri have returned to the negotiating table with an improved bid as they look to wrap up a deal.
Inter’s new proposal is understood to be worth an initial €27 million plus €3m in bonuses, and the Serie A giants are growing in confidence that a deal can be agreed.
Bayern have been reluctant to sanction Pavard’s departure, with Thomas Tuchel a huge fan of the France international defender.
But with one year left on his existing contract and the prospect of a new deal off the table, they have been forced to listen to offers.
Die Rekordmeister were initially holding out for €50m, but they have been forced to reconsider their demands with the transfer window set to close in just over a week.
It is believed they will now consider offers of around €30m, and Inter’s new bid aligns with those demands meaning an agreement could be on the horizon.
Man United were previously touted as Pavard’s most likely destination, but complications surrounding Harry Maguire’s potential departure have seen the prospect of the move fall through.
The Englishman was expected to join West Ham United after Man United agreed a £30m deal.
While reports claimed an agreement on personal terms between West Ham and the player would not be cause for concern, a transfer never materialised.
Maguire’s reluctance to depart Old Trafford this summer leaves Inter in prime position to land Pavard’s signature.
The 27-year-old will prove an excellent addition to Simone Inzaghi’s backline, having amassed 163 appearances during his four-year association with the Bundesliga champions.
The World Cup winner is pushing to join the Champions League finalists and was an unused substitute in Bayern’s 4-0 victory over Werder Bremen in their Bundesliga curtain raiser.
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