Aston Villa are reportedly favourites to sign Sevilla and Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou – better known as Bono – in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: World Cup heroics
His heroics in the penalty shootout win over Spain in the round of 16, where he managed to save two spot kicks, were praised by ITV pundit Joe Cole, and he has kept three clean sheets in four games in helping his nation to reach the semi-finals.
Bono is sure to attract plenty of attention in the January transfer window after shining on the world stage.
The Latest: Villa favourites for Bono
Sevilla have set a starting price of €40m (£34.4m) for the 31-year-old, who has a release clause of €50m (£43m).
Unai Emery is reportedly looking for a new number one to replace Emi Martinez, as his relationship with the Argentine is described as ‘not very good’, dating back to their mutual time at Arsenal.
The Verdict: Get it done
It is a shame that Emery’s relationship with Martinez has seemingly not been resolved, which means that a new goalkeeper must be a priority for Villa going into January.
Not only has he impressed at the World Cup, but Bono is also playing at a high level with Sevilla, for whom he has featured 120 times in La Liga and European competition.
A Europa League winner in the 2019/20 season, he was hailed for his ‘monster‘ saves by CBS Sports broadcaster Ives Galarcep after helping to eliminate Man United in the semi-finals, showing that he can also perform in big games at club level.
If Villa were to pay £34.4m or more for Bono, it would surpass the initial club-record fee of £33m paid for Emi Buendia in 2021, but his performances both at club level and on the international stage suggest that the Moroccan would be worth every penny.