In the midst of a season where an ageing FC Bayern Munich team have looked somewhat dated, new defensive blood looks essential. One name often linked with a move to the Bavarians is that of Benjamin Pavard. The Stuttgart defender was a breakout in German football since he arrived in the second tier, and impressed enough in his debut Bundesliga campaign to go to the 2018 World Cup.

He excelled there, including a tremendous goal against Argentina. However, links with the Rekordmeister appear to be some way wide of the mark, if Bayern coach Niko Kovac is to be believed. The coach was quoted by Goal as saying: “He is a very, very good player. He has his qualities,

“However, we currently have three central defenders, we do not need a fourth, fifth or sixth. I do not think there will be any change in winter.”

It’s an interesting change, though, as many discussions have revolved the one-paced nature of the Bayern defence. The slowing down of once reliable names like Jerome Boateng and Rafinha has played a contributing role to the awkward position that Bayern find themselves in.

Moves for someone like Pavard, contracted until 2021, would make a lot of sense. He’s by far and away the crown jewel of the Stuttgart team he plays in, and could step up to a new club. With the recently formed French connection at would-be champions Borussia Dortmund in defence, though, might Bayern miss out for once on a top young Bundesliga talent?