Manchester United have been interested in signing France right-back Benjamin Pavard and after his performance against Argentina, it’s easy to see why.
According to The Sun, Jose Mourinho is eager to find a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia, but the Stuttgart president issued a statement this morning that Pavard wouldn’t be sold even if they were offered £44million.
The report says that the German club want to keep the prodigy at the club for at least one more season, but perhaps it would be worth Mourinho testing their resolve after the Frenchman’s showing so far at the World Cup.
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Pavard is valued at £27million according to Transfermarkt, and his wonder goal alone against Argentina would be worth that alone, but his all round play was also impressive as France knocked out Messi’s men 4-3.
He registered a passing success rate of 96 per cent in France’s win, as well as making four clearances and three tackles, highlighting his defensive qualities.
Pavard, 22, is comfortable playing as a right-back as well as a centre-back, and has also played in central midfield and on the wing.
His versatility and strength going forward was demonstrated against Argentina by his two successful dribbles and of course his glorious first time shot on the outside of the boot which curled into the top corner when France were 2-1 down.
While it may be impulsive to buy a player based on one admittedly world class goal, 22-year-old Pavard is showing top teams including Manchester United that he has the necessary all-round skills to succeed at the highest level.