Leeds United can grab Yassine Bounou in cut-price deal despite new £43.7m release clause
Sevilla are reportedly willing to sell Leeds United-linked goalkeeper Yassine Bounou for lower than his release clause if an offer is made to them.
Fichajes.net reported on Wednesday (21 September) that Leeds and West Ham are both interested in signing the 31-year-old Morocco international.
La Razon added on Thursday (22 September) that after a stunning 2021/22 campaign, Sevilla extended Bounou’s contract to 2025 and in the process, they raised his release clause from £26.2million to £43.7million.
However, it is understood that Sevilla “would be willing to negotiate below” that new £43.7million release clause as long as an attractive offer is made.
Bounou, also known as Bono, has been dubbed as “one of the best goalkeepers in La Liga” and one of the best Sevilla have ever had.
The Canadian-born Morocco ace kept 16 clean sheets in 41 appearances across all competitions last season, including two in the Champions League group stages.
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Last season, he became the first Sevilla player to win the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, an award just for goalkeepers for the lowest goals conceded-to-games ratio in La Liga.
Bounou is also Morocco’s number one and helped them qualify for the World Cup this year, where they’ll play Croatia, Belgium and the country of his birth Canada in Group F in Qatar.
Illan Meslier is Leeds’ undisputed number one but he’s been linked with a move away from Elland Road in recent months.
On 17 August, Fabrizio Romano reported that Manchester United were keen on signing the 22-year-old Frenchman but he was seen as an “untouchable” play by the Whites in the summer.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Meslier and you’d imagine that if a club does come in for him and are able to tempt Leeds with an offer, Victor Orta will have a list of goalkeepers at the ready to replace him.
Bounou looks to be one of them.
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