After much speculation, Bayern Munich have finally confirmed the signing of France international and recently crowned World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard.
After agreeing on a deal with fellow Bundesliga side Stuttgart in the region of £31.4million, the 22-year-old will join up with his new teammates in July.
The 22-year-old will join the German champions on a five-year deal.
After a start to the season that now sees them chasing a six-point deficit to league leaders and bitter rivals Borrusia Dortmund, there have been growing calls for Bayern boss Niko Kovač to bring in more youth.
Pavard, who was heavily linked with a move to the Allianz over the summer, certainly fits what the Bavarian club are looking for.
Featuring in all of France’s World Cup fixtures over the summer, the versatile defender also played a vital part in Stuttgart revival last season.
Speaking at Bayern’s training camp in Qatar, sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, confirmed Pavard’s arrival and also announced his excitement on their latest signing.
“I can announce that we managed to get the services of Benjamin Pavard from 1 July 2019, he signed a five-year contract.”
“He’s a young player and a world champion. We’re glad and proud to have gained such a player for FC Bayern.”
While Pavard’s performances at Stuttgart have seen him gain a long list of admirers, it was the 22-year-old’s strike against Argentina in the World Cup last-16 that caught most peoples attention.
His stunning strike helped France lift the title for the first time in two decades and also saw him leave Russia with the Goal of the Tournament award.
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Although the defending champions may have made their first signing of the New Year, Bayern still remains in hot pursuit of Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Although the 18-year-old is yet to start a Premier League fixture, the winger put in yet another impressive performance in the Blues’ 1-0 loss to Tottenham in Tuesday’s EFL Cup semi-final.
With Hudson-Odoi reportedly eager to secure a move to Germany, Salihamidzic also confirmed on Wednesday that they are hoping to bring the England U-19 international to the Bundesliga.
“He is a very interesting player whom we really want to sign, he has qualities that fit into our game. He can dribble well and has a drive towards goal. He has a lot of potential.”
It has been reported by Sky Sports this week that Niko Kovač’s side have tabled a fourth bid that matches Chelsea’s £35miliion valuation.
Rejecting a bumper new deal at Stamford Bridge, would Hudson-Odoi be wise to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson?