Benjamin Pavard has become somewhat of an unsung hero at this year’s World Cup. His solid performances for France have been overshadowed by the heroics of Kylian Mbappe and the ever-excellent defensive work of N’Golo Kante, but during last Saturday’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Argentina in the second round of football’s premier tournament, Pavard announced himself to the world with a stunning volley which left viewers in awe of this technically sublime finish.
According to Sport Bild, Bayern fans may be witnessing similar moments from 2019 onwards. The German media outlet reports that the reigning Bundesliga champions are keen to exercise Pavard’s buy-out clause which comes into play next summer.
The VfB Stuttgart right-back has a stipulation in his contract whereby he must be sold if an offer of €35 million is made. Despite strong interest from clubs around the continent following his performance in recent weeks, Stuttgart are likely to rebuff any offers, even if it means they stand to release him for even less money next year.
”We make no secret of the constellation that Benjamin has an opt-out clause for 2019,” Michael Reschke, Stuttgart’s manager confirmed, before adding, “We are happy to give up a lot of money if that means he plays for another year with us.”
Waiting another year could suit Bayern even more considering the question marks surrounding the future of Jerome Boateng. The centre-back has been the subject of much speculation concerning his status at the club, and whether or not he will be in Bavaria for much longer. Although reports claim that Munich’s asking price is too steep for other clubs, it is likely that they would be more open to offers next summer with the then 23-year-old Pavard available for such a reasonable fee. Boateng will, of course, be a year older and having the opportunity to bring in a younger player for a cheaper price is bound to tempt the Bayern hierarchy.