According to a report from Corriere dello Sport, Tottenham are in the race to sign Stuttgart and France defender Benjamin Pavard. The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fine World Cup with his country and scored a sensational goal in their thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 at the weekend, thus prompting much interest in his services.
And were Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs to win the chase for the £27 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), it could turn out to be a summer transfer masterstroke.
Ultimately, the 22-year-old defender didn’t make the greatest of starts to the World Cup in producing an unconvincing performance against Australia in their first group match, but he has since grown into the tournament and become one of France’s, and indeed the tournament’s, most impressive stars.
And having helped Stuttgart win promotion from the German second tier back in 2017, before inspiring them to a seventh place finish in the Bundesliga last time round, things are certainly looking up for the young defender, and this World Cup is only likely to continue raising his stock.
And at the tender age of 22, he could be the ideal signing for Pochettino’s Tottenham given the uncertainty surrounding the future of Toby Alderweireld, what with the 29-year-old yet to sign a new deal with the North London club despite having only 12 months left on his deal.
Significantly though, Pavard’s versatility could be a massive asset to the Spurs chief, as the 22-year-old has excelled at right back for France this summer but has spent most of his time at Stuttgart in the heart of their defence, alongside a few appearances as a wing back and indeed a defensive midfielder.
Thus, the youngster would give Pochettino a wide array of options heading into the 2018/19 season, and given how well he has performed at the age of 22 already, he is only likely to improve even further under the Argentine – not many regress under the Tottenham chief.
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As such, were the North London outfit to beat the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Monaco to the 22-year-old’s signature, given how impressive he has been, how good he could become, and how many options he’d give Pochettino, it could turn out to be a transfer masterstroke.
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