Tottenham have been dealt a blow in their hopes of signing Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard, after Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß admitted that the Frenchman features highly on the Bavarian giant's wish-list.
The 22-year-old centre-back has really impressed over the past 12 months or so, and he announced himself on the world stage with a succession of fine performances for France at the World Cup during the summer.
Pavard can also operate as a right-back, and that kind of versatility is surely something that is proving to be very attractive to his potential suitors.
The Mirror reported earlier this year that Tottenham are very interested in signing the Stuttgart defender, with Toby Alderweireld facing an uncertain future in north London.
According to ESPN, Pavard has a release clause inserted into his contract thought to be worth €35 million (£31.2 million), and in today's day and age, that would represent excellent value.
Tottenham have been dealt a blow in their hopes of signing the World Cup winner, however, with Bayern president Uli Hoeneß suggesting that the 22-year-old is one of his club's key transfer targets, as quoted by German publication stuttgarter-nachrichten:
"He is of course a player who interests us."
Mauricio Pochettino is overseeing a wonderfully exciting project at Spurs, however, so the Frenchman might still be tempted into choosing a switch to north London instead of Munich.