Manchester United Football Club have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Benjamin Pavard.
Football website, The Hard Tackle, say that VfB Stuttgart CEO, Michael Reschke is stating that the French full-back will not be sold this summer; despite his £44million price-tag.
After an excellent couple of years with the Bundesliga club, followed up by a brilliant World Cup (to date) in Djibril Sidibe’s absence, interest in Pavard has heightened.
With his contract running through 2021, Stuttgart are under no pressure to sell the talented 22-year-old, and right now, the ball is firmly in their court.
This is a huge shame for the Red Devils, who should be in the market for a full-back who can come in and play straight away. Sure, they’ve signed Diogo Dalot, but nobody knows exactly how he’ll pan out. Pavard has already proven his abilities on a global scale.
Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are ageing, too, and they need stiff competition to either push them on for another year or two, or replace them if needed. Look at Manchester City, they replaced their full-backs excellently and won the Premier League title at a canter in the following season.