The injury of Thibaut Courtois has left Real Madrid in a precarious situation in the transfer market.
With Courtois ruled out for almost the entirety of next season, Real Madrid are desperately looking for a new shot-stopper to replace the Belgian.
One of the options Real Madrid were considering in their bid to replace Courtois is Yassine Bounou, a.k.a Bono.
Real Madrid’s move for Bono set to collapse
According to Javier Birlinga, Real Madrid’s pursuit of Bono is set to collapse due to economic reasons.
It appears Los Blancos are not in a position to afford Sevilla’s economic demands for Bono, who still has a contract until 2025.
Bono’s deal with Sevilla includes a release clause worth €50 million. But Real Madrid were hoping Sevilla would negotiate for a fee in the region of €20 million.
In any case, the Spanish giants cannot afford to spend a fortune on Bono, which is hardly surprising as the club have brought in the likes of Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler.
Real Madrid closing in on Kepa
While Real Madrid might miss out on Bono this summer, everything suggests the club are closing in on the capture of Kepa.
The Chelsea goalkeeper has shockingly rejected a move to Bayern Munich and is reportedly prepared to move to the Bernabeu.
Kepa could be a cost-effective alternative to Bono, mostly because the Spaniard could be available on a loan deal.
The Chelsea star also brings ample experience in La Liga, having previously plied his trade for Athletic Club before his big-money move to Stamford Bridge.
However, with the season starting later today, Real Madrid must act swiftly in the market as they look to get their hands on a Courtois replacement as soon as possible.
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.”