Why Were Inter Denied Pavard Transfer by Bayern Munich?

Inter were inches away from letting Milan Skriniar leave for Paris Saint-German after the player had agreed on the move, but it was another detail that derailed the Nerazzurri’s plan. The Milan giants would have let Skriniar leave if they had a suitable replacement in hand, with Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard touted as his direct understudy.

A fascinating report by Slovak newspaper Sport Aktuality (via FCInterNews) indicates that the only reason why Pavard was not let go by the German champions is because it would reinforce PSG’s defense – reinforcing Bayern’s direct opponent in the UEFA Champions League.

As soon as Bayern signed Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo on a loan deal, Inter reportedly enquired with the Bavarians for Pavard’s availability to replace Skriniar. Inter were outrightly declined, as it would mean Skriniar’s immediate departure to their direct UCL rivals rather than at the end of the season.

Inter chief Beppe Marotta earlier confirmed the Slovak stopper’s exit from the Nerazzurri for a fresh start in the French capital, whereas 26-year-old Pavard will remain at Bayern at least until the end of the season.

Bayern take on PSG in the Champions League Round of 16, whereas Inter await Porto.

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