Napoli were slow to wrap up Pavard deal

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 16: Benjamin Pavard of France runs with the ball during the UEFA Nations League A group one match between France and Germany at Stade de France on October 16, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A recent report claims Napoli were too slow for Bayern Munich-bound Benjamin Pavard as they didn’t act fast in the transfer window.

Napoli were among the favourites to sign Pavard towards the end of last year, but Bayern confirmed last week that the Stuttgart stopper had agreed to join them in the summer.

“Did I try to take Pavard to Naples? We talked a lot and tried, but it wasn’t easy,” Francesco Di Frisco revealed in a quote on 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.”

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