Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a heap of central defenders this summer, with the future of Toby Alderweireld up in the air. One such player is Benjamin Pavard. The French international has had a breakout season with VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.
Back in March, it was reported by The Sun that Spurs were considering a £11 million bid for the defender this summer.
Sport.de recently suggested that any offer to sign Pavard would need to exceed €30 million (£26.3 million) before Stuttgart were even tempted into a sale.
But any Tottenham fans who have been watching the World Cup this summer will not be overly impressed with what they have seen.
Pavard has been poor for France, in what has been a lacklustre Les Bleus campaign so far. France have stuttered their way into the next round of the competition, thanks to unconvincing wins against Australia and Peru and a dire 0-0 draw with Denmark.
The young defender was disappointing in both of the opening fixtures and was replaced in the final game.
But Tottenham fans should not let this be an indicator of his quality. Pavard has been used as a right-back for France in the competition so far. The decision is bemusing fans back in France, who are frustrated with manager Didier Deschamps negative choices at full-back.
Pavard can play at right-back, but operating at the heart of defence is undoubtedly his best role.
Tottenham must remember that before his World Cup displays put them off of what would be a decent signing.