The alarm bells are ringing at the Valdebebas. Real Madrid play their first La Liga game of the season tomorrow and are currently without a solid option between the sticks.
Thibaut Courtois suffered an unfortunate injury in training yesterday as he ruptured his ACL. He will undergo surgery later this week and is expected to miss most of the upcoming campaign for his recovery.
Moreover, Andriy Lunin’s constant exit links reflect doubt over his ability to take over as a full-time starter at the club.
The administration are on the hunt to find a new goalkeeper, and Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou has emerged as a leading candidate.
According to reports from Rodrigo Faez of ESPN, the Seville-based side are asking for over €30 million for his signature.
Real Madrid prefer a loan
Bono’s release clause on his current contract stands at €50 million. However, the player has an agreement with Los Nervionenses that would allow him to leave for a lower fee worth around €20 million this summer.
But with Real Madrid coming calling, the Andalusian outfit have jacked up their asking price and are now seeking in excess of €30 million for their player.
Considering that Real Madrid only need a new goalkeeper’s services until Courtois’ recovery, however, they prefer a season-long loan over a permanent transfer.
That offer does not appeal as much to Sevilla who are on an objective to generate funds.
Evaluating Real Madrid’s options
Bono is reportedly the administration’s top preference to replace Courtois. However, there are some big names who have been offered to Los Blancos.
Spanish legend and former Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is strongly considered an option, although Carlo Ancelotti is not a big fan of the 32-year-old’s arrival.
Yet another name offered to the Merengues is Hugo Lloris. The World Cup winner has been up amongst the best in the world in recent years but is not a very appealing option at 36 years of age.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”