European giants battle for World Cup-winning defender

Posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 by ESPN

European giants battle for World Cup-winning defender

If Calciomercato are to be believed, Napoli have joined Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Tottenham in the battle to sign Benjamin Pavard. The VfB Stuttgart centre-back starred for France as a right-back during the World Cup and has been on the radars of a number of Europe's elite ever since.

Reports in the German media throughout the summer linked the 22-year-old with a move to Bayern, but despite a number of suggestions that an agreement was in place for a deal, nothing was made official.

Liverpool are long-term admirers of the versatile defender but may drop out of the race thanks to the form of Joe Gomez alongside Virgil van Dijk. Tottenham are in the market for a defender with Toby Alderweireld set to leave in the summer. The two share a number of traits, especially their ball-playing ability, making him an ideal replacement on paper.

Pavard is reported to have a release clause in his deal which would allow him to move for €35m.



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