– After a strong World Cup, Benjamin Pavard appears to be on the move. German public broadcaster SWR has reported that Pavard, who is under contract with Stuttgart, has agreed to join Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019, when a €35-million ($40.6 million) buyout clause in his contract takes effect. SWR also reported that Pavard could go to Bayern this year, with the two sides negotiating over the transfer fee.
Pavard, 22, started six of France’s seven games at the World Cup, including the final against Croatia. He joined Stuttgart from Lille in 2016 for €5 million and helped them earn promotion to the Bundesliga. He started every Bundesliga game for Stuttgart last season, appearing as a right-sided defender as well as in central defense.
– Fortuna Düsseldorf have signed defender Matthias Zimmermann from Stuttgart. The 26-year-old has signed a two-year contract until June 2020. Zimmermann spent most of last season injured, making just four appearances for Stuttgart’s first team.
– Erik Durm, an unused member of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad of 2014, has left Borussia Dortmund for Huddersfield. The Terriers are managed by German boss David Wagner, who used to coach Dortmund’s reserve team when Durm was at the club. The full back has struggled for game time and fitness in recent seasons and missed the whole of last season with two major injuries – to his ankle and hip.