HANOVER, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 24: Benjamin Pavard of VfB Stuttgart during the Bundesliga match between Hannover 96 and VfB Stuttgart at HDI-Arena on November 24, 2017 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

An intermediary claims Napoli were not serious in the pursuit of Bayern Munich-bound Benjamin Pavard because they ‘liked’ the France defender without initiating a proper move to secure his service.

Last year, it was as though Napoli was on the verge of signing Pavard, however, reports emerged that Bayern confirmed last week that the Stuttgart stopper had accepted a contract with Bayern Munich in summer.

“Did I try to take Pavard to Naples? We talked a lot and tried, but it wasn’t easy,” Francesco Di Frisco told Radio CRC as cited by Football Italia.

“Even Stuttgart didn’t know until a week ago that he had accepted a contract from Bayern Munich.

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“There was no offer from Napoli, but they liked him. How hard did Napoli try for him? Interest was there, both from the club and their scouts.

“It was a name that Napoli verified immediately. Full-back or central defender? He’s normally a central defender plays as a full-back for his national team.

“’Yes’ to Bayern but not a ‘no’ to Napoli? It’s dfficult to say. Ultimately, an offer never came from Napoli, although they conducted themselves very well, as did the lad.”