West Ham United and Newcastle United are reportedly among the clubs interested in the services of Sevilla goalkeeper Bono next season.
According to Fichajes, Sevilla are facing a battle to keep hold of Bono next season. The highly-rated goalkeeper has emerged as one of the best in Europe, thanks to his consistent performances in La Liga. The 30-year-old’s current contract at Sevilla expires in 2024, but he is already a subject of interest for Premier League clubs, including West Ham and Newcastle United.
Sevilla do intend to keep hold of Bono’s services, with sporting director Monchi prepared to begin negotiations over a potential contract extension. At the same time, though, the Spaniard is aware of the interest and the marketing potential of the revered goalkeeper, especially with the cash-rich Newcastle United keen on his services.
Born in Montreal, Bono has been playing football in Spain since 2012. He had spells at Atletico Madrid and Girona before the Moroccan eventually joined Sevilla in 2019 for a fee of just €4 million. He was brought in at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on the back of his excellent performances at Girona, and the move has turned out to be a bargain for Los Nervionenses.
During his ongoing two and a half year spell at Sevilla, Bono has featured in 77 competitive appearances, registering a highly impressive 42 clean sheets. His numbers in La Liga compete with the very best in Europe, including Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.
The 30-year-old’s performances have not gone unnoticed either, with Newcastle United now considering him as a potential target next season. Since being taken over by a Saudi Arabia-based consortium, the Magpies have been linked with a move for several top players across Europe.
Newcastle are especially are keen on finding an upgrade over their current set of options in the goalkeeping department. As such, they have been linked with a move for several goalkeepers, including Manchester United’s Dean Henderson.
As for West Ham, they are looking for a long-term replacement for the ageing Lukasz Fabianski. The on-loan Alphonse Areola has not had a bright spell since joining the Hammers in the summer, so they are on the lookout for a new option in between the sticks next season.
Bono fits the bill for both West Ham and Newcastle due to his recent form and pedigree at the highest level of football. However, given the 30-year-old Moroccan’s success in recent years, he is expected to cost a fortune, especially if they are to negotiate with the ever so deceptive Monchi.