Paper Talk: Liverpool to exploit exit clause for Bundesliga star; Arsenal bid

Date published: Saturday 25th August 2018 9:51

Liverpool are plotting a transfer raid for a £35m World Cup winner, while Celtic could see their prized asset move to Arsenal in January, according to Saturday’s newspapers.



Liverpool are keen to snap up French World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard in a £35m deal, according to reports on Saturday.

The Daily Mirror claims the Reds are keeping tabs on the 22-year’s progress, with a clause in his Stuttgart contract allowing him to leave next summer for €40m should the Bundesliga side fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Pavard caught the eye at Russia 2018 with his displays for France, where he operated as a right-back, despite regularly starring in the centre of defence for his club side.

The player was strongly linked with both Bayern Munich and Tottenham this summer, but Stuttgart have maintained he won’t be allowed to leave now.

However, they will be powerless to retain his services next summer if they fail to finish in the Bundesliga’s top four and one of his pursuers meets his exit clause.


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