Yassine Bono may be a relatively pricey option for Real Madrid to replace the injured Thibaut Courtois. However, he is the board’s top preference.
It is clear that the club are in a hurry to incorporate a new goalkeeper at the earliest. Reports last night stated that the Merengues have already opened talks with Sevilla for the veteran shot-stopper.
No talks with Real Madrid
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, however, Sevilla president Pep Castro has outright denied any such development.
“Real Madrid? There’s nothing so far, no talks for Bono. The reality is that we have no offers or knowledge of any team’s interest in him,” the club president said when asked about Bono’s possible departure.
Bono’s release clause with Los Nervionenses stands at a staggering €50 million. With Real Madrid requiring a stand-in goalkeeper for just a season, spending such a lavish amount for the 32-year-old is unwarranted.
Bono, however, has an agreement in place with Sevilla that would allow him to leave for a fee as low as €20 million this summer.
The Seville-based side have placed their opening demand at €30 million but will likely open the door for negotiation.
Far from the best audition
The 2023-24 campaign of La Liga began last night, and one of the most anticipated games of the night was Sevilla against Valencia.
Los Che are clearly far from their best in terms of star strength, losing several key starting players this summer with minimal recruitment.
Yet, they put two goals past Bono on the night to hand Los Nervionenses their first defeat of the season.
Bono made just one save on the night and was sloppy with his distribution. If last night’s game was an audition of any sort, it is safe to say that the 32-year-old did not begin on the right foot.
It remains to be seen if his latest showing plays any role in Los Blancos’ decision.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.