TRANSFER RUMOUR: Arsenal enquire about £44m Stuttgart youngster Benjamin Pavard

After his stand out performances in the Bundesliga earnt him a place in the French squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, 22-year-old Stuttgart defender, Benjamin Pavard has become subject to interest from Arsenal and an official enquiry has been made, as the METRO reports.

Following his rise to prominence in Germany, Pavard is now being tipped to depart the Mercedes-Benz Arena following a successful campaign that saw him remain ever present in a Stuttgart back four for which he played every minute.

It is not just Arsenal who are watching the Frenchman – who heads to Russia this month and it is claimed that Borussia Dortmund lead the chase for the youngster’s signature despite previously unsuccessful talks, with Marseille and Napoli also expressing their desire to add Pavard to their ranks.

Arsene Wenger’s recently appointed successor, Unai Emery seems keen to bolster his defensive options and has also been linked with moves for Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

With five international appearances to his name already, the Lille youth academy product will undoubtedly summon a large fee, and it is understood that Stuttgart will demand a fee of around £44 m. This move could provide the injection of youth that an ageing Arsenal backline is longing for and Emery has clearly outlined this as something that needs to be addressed as he aims to get Arsenal back into the top four.