France reached the quarter-final of the World Cup on Saturday evening with a 4-3 comeback win over Argentina and it was Les Bleus’ right-back Benjamin Pavard that once again caught the eye.
The 22-year-old netted a sensational equalising goal in his side’s stunning victory and his performances so far in the tournament suggest that interest will be high this summer.
According to an article in the Stuttgarter Nachrichten, not even a bid of £44 million would tempt his current club Stuttgart into a sale this summer but his performances out in Russia won’t have helped their chances of keeping him around for next season.
Reported interest right now is from Manchester United, but their fierce rivals Liverpool would be extremely wise to try and tempt the Frenchman to Anfield ahead of the forthcoming Premier League campaign.
The beaten Champions League finalists have already bolstered their ranks this summer with the big money signings of Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Monaco man Fabinho, with those arrivals unlikely to be the last for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nathaniel Clyne are the two current right-backs on Liverpool’s books but the chance to secure one the future stars of world football might prove just too tempting for Klopp this summer.
The signing of Virgil van Dijk last January naturally enhanced Liverpool’s defensive qualities but there is still something to be said for Klopp’s team to be lacking a defence capable of sustaining a serious challenge to win the Premier League.
Pavard would provide healthy competition for Alexander-Arnold and would give Klopp the strength in depth to challenge on all fronts during 2018/19, whilst the chance to snare a player from under the noses of Manchester United would definitely delight the club’s supporters.
It does remain to be seen just how serious Stuttgart are on their decision not to sell this summer but a bid in excess of £50 million from Liverpool would surely leave the German outfit with a seriously big decision to make.