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Now, the £44m valued French international and Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has told insiders at his club that he wants a move to the Emirates this summer according to CalcioInsider.
The 22-year-old has been a key player for Stuttgart this season, making 36 appearances for the Bundesliga team. Naturally a right-back, Stuttgart have shuffled the youngster around different positions but has largely played as a center back this season.
The defender has also made 4 appearances for the extremely competitive France senior national team. Now, at 22, the player is going to the World Cup with the French side this summer, once again showing he has the quality to play for a top side like Arsenal.
French outlet L’Equipe have linked the player with a move to London, but have written that the Arsenal are competing with Borussia Dortmund to sign the young talent.
At £44m, the transfer would be using a huge portion of new manager Unai Emery’s transfer budget, rumoured to be around £70m.
Arsenal fans may be savouring the prospect of a big-money signing this summer, hopefully fixing some of the problems the Gunner’s defence have experienced in the past few seasons.