Monday January 14 2019
'Napoli too slow for Pavard'

An intermediary claims Napoli were too slow for Bayern Munich-bound Benjamin Pavard as they ‘liked’ the France defender without making a move for him.

Napoli appeared to be the favourites to sign Pavard as last year drew to a close, 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 told Radio CRC.

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

“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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