Yassine Bounou, the talented Moroccan goalkeeper, is reportedly being targeted by several top La Liga clubs for a summer transfer. According to Mundo Deportivo, Villarreal, Real Sociedad, and Valencia are all interested in signing Bounou, who is currently playing for Sevilla.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper is not only on the radar of these Spanish clubs but has also drawn interest from other top European teams such as AC Milan, Roma, Leeds United, and West Ham United. With so many clubs seeking to reinforce their goalkeeping departments, Bounou is one of the most sought-after players this transfer season.
Leeds United, in particular, is a recent addition to the list of interested parties, as their current goalkeeper, Illian Meslier, has hinted at a potential exit in the upcoming transfer window. This has paved the way for Bounou to step in and become the club’s new number one.
Bounou’s impressive form and consistency have earned him numerous personal accolades, including the 2021/22 Zamora trophy, awarded to the best goalkeeper in the Spanish league. He was also named Castore’s player of the month for January 2023 and received a Moroccan royal Wissam in recognition of the Atlas Lions’ historic achievements at the 2022 World Cup.
Bounou’s recent exclusion from the Sevilla team comes as a result of the change in coaching, with new head coach Jose Luis Mendilibar taking over from Argentine coach Jorge Sampaolu. The Moroccan goalkeeper had been the club’s starting goalkeeper for the past three years, but his position is now under threat.
With his contract with Sevilla set to expire in June 2024, a move this summer seems likely if Bounou’s starting position in the team is not guaranteed. The Atlas Lion has helped Sevilla to numerous victories, including a Europa League trophy in 2020, and is known in La Liga as Bono.
Bounou’s exceptional form also played an essential role in Morocco’s impressive journey at the World Cup, where they became the first-ever African and Arab team to reach the global tournament’s semi-finals. His constant heroics and remarkable performances made him one of the world’s top three goalkeepers in his position according to FIFA.