Bayern Munich have confirmed that France’s World Cup-winning right-back Benjamin Pavard will join them in July 2019.
The Bundesliga club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic announced the news on Wednesday, with Bayern having activated the Stuttgart defender’s €35 million (£31m/$40m) release clause.
Pavard emerged as one of the stars of France’s World Cup triumph in Russia, playing in six matches over the course of the tournament, including the full 90 minutes in the 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.
His memorable strike against Argentina in the last 16 was also voted Goal of the Tournament, beating the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Salihamidzic said: “I can confirm that Benjamin Pavard will join us on a five-year deal from 1st July 2019.”
Bayern are currently on their annual winter training camp in Doha as they prepare for the second half of the Bundesliga campaign and the signing of Pavard is unlikely to be the final piece of business completed by Bayern in January.