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32-year-old La Liga star pushing to join Real Madrid, negotiations underway – report



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With Real Madrid forced into the market for a new goalkeeper following the ACL injury to Thibaut Courtois, they have narrowed in on Sevilla’s Bono as their preferred option.

The 32-year-old Moroccan international is understood to be the favourite option among the club’s coaching staff while the player himself is said to be keen on the switch.

As such, Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA is reporting that Bono is pressuring to leave Sevilla for Real Madrid at the earliest possible, forcing talks to take place between the two clubs.

As such. negotiations are now underway between the two clubs with there being a good feeling about the situation.

However, Real Madrid are clear that they will not pay over the odds to sign the Moroccan international.

Sevilla want €30 million+ for Bono

Bono’s contract with Sevilla consists of a release clause worth €50 million, but the two parties had an agreement that the club will let him leave for €20 million.

However, reports earlier today indicated that the Andalusian outfit was now asking for a fee in excess of €30 million.

As mentioned earlier though, Real Madrid will not pay an unreasonable amount to sign the 32-year-old this summer.

Los Blancos like Bono and see him as the closest to the profile of Courtois due to his experience, winning mentality, height, and physical stature.

Bono pushing for Real Madrid move. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

But one of the concerns in their pursuit of Bono is that the goalkeeper will be away for a month at the start of the next year for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The goalkeeper is a key part of the Moroccan national team and could be away for an important juncture of the season, which would affect Real Madrid.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted earlier today that the team were not in a hurry to sign a new custodian and that they had total faith in Andriy Lunin, saying:

“The confidence is total in Lunin and in the next few days we will see if we sign one more goalkeeper to the squad.

“We have time until the 31st, the goalkeepers behind Lunin have potential, but they are young. We will think about it.”

But with Bono pushing for the move and Real Madrid keen on getting the deal done soon, things could pick up speed soon.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors




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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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