From Germany: Manchester City & Real Madrid ‘signal interest’ in France defender, but Bayern Munich…

Manchester City and Real Madrid have ‘signalled interest’ in VfB Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard but face an uphill challenge if they are to prevent him from joining Bayern Munich, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

The 22-year-old has made waves at the World Cup after scoring one of the best goals of the tournament in Russia for France against Argentina.

It isn’t just that goal that has alerted clubs though, with the youngster, who can play as both a centre-back and right-back, having a good 2017-18 season at VfB.

And SZ reports that both City and Real Madrid have expressed some degree of interest in the player. However, his preferred option is to remain in Stuttgart next season, which would make him a teammate of Pablo Maffeo – who the German’s broke their club record to sign from City – before joining Bayern Munich in a year’s time.

Bayern Munich already have Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng and Niklas Süle as centre-back options so hope to land Pavard next season. They had similar ideas for Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sané, but Manchester City’s tenacity meant the two ended up in the Premier League.

With Pavard favouring a stay at the Mercedes-Benz Arena for one more year though, that may help Bayern and their strategy, enabling them to sign Pavard ahead of Man City and Real Madrid.

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