Aston Villa, Wolves, Leeds & Man Utd told exactly how much Morocco World Cup hero would cost
Latest transfer news as Sevilla set out their price tag for Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine ‘Bono’ Bounou, wanted by Wolves, Aston Villa, Leeds United and Man Utd.
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Sevilla have reportedly set their price tag for Yassine Bounou, with a whole host of Premier League clubs said to be queueing up to sign the Morocco international. Otherwise simply known as ‘Bono’, the goalkeeper made himself a national hero on Tuesday as he saved two penalties in a shootout against Spain in the World Cup Round of 16.
Morocco have been the surprise package of the tournament, and not just because they sent out one of the favourites for the trophy in the knockout phases. Even despite facing three tough oppositions in Croatia, Belgium and Canada, the Atlas Lions managed to top Group F unbeaten.
Throughout the competition so far, Bono helped his side to three clean sheets and conceded just one goal. He’s also impressed at club level for Sevilla and was voted the ninth-best goalkeeper in the world by FIFA last year. Bono even grabbed a surprise goal in March 2021, as he netted a late equaliser against Valladolid in La Liga.
Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United and Leeds United all have an interest in the player, as reported over the last few weeks. Now, Spanish outlet Vamos Mi Sevilla FC claims a price tag of €30 million (£25.9 million) has been set for the 31-year-old – €26 million more than Sevilla paid for him in 2020.
Since arriving at the club, Bono has made 120 appearances across all competitions, conceding 109 goals and keeping 53 clean sheets. He has struggled a little in La Liga this campaign with just two shutouts in 12 matches, but his World Cup heroics have shown he is still a top talent.
If he were to head to Wolves, Bono would be reunited with his former manager, as Julen Lopetegui spent three years at Sevilla between 2019 and 2022. He would provide competition for Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa, who hasn’t been challenged at all this season having played every single minute of Premier League action.
At Villa, meanwhile, Unai Emery is building a new-look side as he hopes to soar the Villans toward European reckoning. It would likely be far harder for Bono to break through at Villa Park, though, with Emiliano Martinez such a proven and talented option himself.
David de Gea is widely seen as a Red Devils legend but his levels have dropped off somewhat over recent years. Soon it will be time for a replacement to come in, and at just £25.9 million, Bono could prove to be a good budget option. Illan Meslier is rather untouchable at Leeds, but just like Sa at Wolves, competition could be a healthy addition.