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Bayern Munich reportedly “hot” for Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard

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Were Jerome Boateng really to leave the team, Bayern may already have its sights set on a third center-back to play with Mats Hummels and Niklas Süle.

STUTTGART, GERMANY - MAY 05: Benjamin Pavard of Stuttgart gestures during the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Mercedes-Benz Arena on May 5, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.
“Paris, c'est ici,” says Benjamin Pavard... maybe.
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Bayern Munich have recently shown interest in center-back prospects, particularly Hoffenheim's captain Kevin Vogt and Ajax's Matthijs De Ligt, who is just 18 years old. According to an exclusive report by French outlet 10sport.com, Bayern are also “very hot” for 22-year-old French national player Benjamin Pavard, who has had an outstanding season at VfB Stuttgart.

Pavard played in every game for Stuttgart this season, and his excellent play has attracted the interest of several top clubs: besides Bayern Munich, Pavard has supposedly been targeted by Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, and FC Liverpool.

But Pavard will not come cheap—not by a long shot. His contract with Stuttgart does not contain a buyout clause. Michael Reschke, moreover, Stuttgart's sporting director and formerly technical director at Bayern, said that Stuttgart would not even “open the door for a conversation” for an offer of €30 million. Reschke later added, “That doesn't mean now that I'd give him up for €40 million” (Kicker)

Bayern might nonetheless strike before Pavard's price explodes on account of a solid—and highly publicized—World Cup performance.