Arsenal have been told how much they will have to cough up if they want to sign Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart.
“If this summer, a club thinks it can buy him for €30m, that club would be wrong,” Michael Reschke, director of football at the Bundesliga club told BILD. “We wouldn’t even open the door to negotiations.”
Reinforcements at centreback is of one of four of areas that Sven Mislintat is pushing the club to strengthen when the transfer window opens this summer.
Arsenal have been watching the young defender for a while now with reports surfacing in January that the club were thinking of making a move when the window re-opens.
Laurent Koscielny’s Achilles disintegrate more with every passing match and Shkodran Mustafi has failed to convince many that he is worth the £35m Arsenal splashed out to sign him, despite Valencia thinking they wouldn’t be able to give him away. A new centreback is a must for Arsenal.
So who is Pavard?
The 21-year-old (he turns 22 later this month) joined Stuttgart from Lille in August 2016 and has been a regular member of their first team.
He recently signed a new contract with the Bundesliga club, tying him down until 2021. That contract also has an option of an additional year should the player wish to trigger it, two if it’s the club.
Pavard matches the profile of other players scouted by Mislintat, such as Mainz’s Abdou Diallo and Wolfsburg’s Ohis Felix Uduokhai.
Konstantinos Mavropanos, who joined the club this month, was another who was recommended by the scout.