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Liverpool face competition to sign World Cup winner with €35m release clause

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Benjamin Pavard

Benjamin Pavard

Liverpool face stiff competition for the signature of Benjamin Pavard, according to Calciomercato (h/t ESPN).

The report claims that the World Cup winner has been on the radars of some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Napoli have joined the race for the 22-year-old, as per the report, with Bayern Munich and Tottenham also interested.

Pavard was one of the standout players for Stuttgart last season and backed it up with his performances in the World Cup.

The Frenchman can play as a right-back or a central defender and would be a great addition to the Reds. The report adds that the 22-year-old has a release clause of €35m, which is peanuts compared to some of the transfer fees being splashed out.

Virgil van Dijk & Joe Gomez of Liverpool

Liverpool have a quality central defender in Virgil van Dijk, and Joe Gomez is doing a great job besides him.

Pavard could provide cover to both the players but his versatility in playing as a right-back would give added competition to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Nathaniel Clyne just cannot get a game for the Reds as the right-back, and bringing the French defender would be a great bit of business.

Jurgen Klopp knows the Bundesliga well and could use some of his links to get the low-down on the Stuttgart man.

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The Bundesliga side is struggling in 16th place with Pavard having started all 13 league clashes for them this season.

A massive Liverpool fan with a twisted sense of humour, guess that's what supporting the Reds does to you. Left behind the corporate world to set up The Kop Times