Benjamin Pavard stunned the World Cup when he slammed home an exquisite long range volley against Argentina, and his impact throughout the tournament reportedly drew interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Pavard was relatively unknown prior to the World Cup in Russia but his marauding performances at right-back, despite being a centre-back by trade, earned him esteemed praise throughout the world media.
His incredible volley just over 15 minutes after Angel Di Maria scored a wonder goal was a cinematic moment of brilliance on which he will be remembered by most, but it was the consistency and solidity of his performances throughout the tournament which really caught the eye.
Reports from Kick Off (via Sports Mole) and TEAMtalk published in 2018 credited Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur with respective interest in the 22-year-old World Cup winner, but it appears their transfer dreams have been dealt a huge blow.
Indeed, German media outlet Abendzeitung have revealed that, according to their information, Pavard to Bayern Munich for a fee of €35 million (£31.5 million) is ‘already a done deal’.
Although the news has not been officially confirmed by either Stuggart or Bayern Munich just yet there is plenty of reason to believe the reports: the Bavarian giants are the most desirable club to play for in Germany, even considering their struggle this season under Niko Kovac, and the club are looking for a long-term option in central defence now that both Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are 30-years-old.
If the report does indeed prove to be true, Spurs will be denied a dream replacement for Toby Alderweireld as speculation continues to persist over his long-term future, while Liverpool would miss out on a player who would thrive alongside Virgil Van Dijk.
The blow is certainly more profound for Spurs given Daniel Levy’s history in the transfer market, as a £31.5 million price-tag would fall within the constraints of his relatively tight budget.
There are very few, if any defenders of Pavard’s talent available at such an attractive price, and neither Liverpool nor Tottenham will get a better chance to secure a swoop as cunning as Bayern’s reported deal any time soon.
It’s difficult to compete with Germany’s most prestigious club in the transfer market but that will not prevent feelings of regret and envy from surfacing if and when the Pavard deal is confirmed.
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