An insight into the emergency efforts of Spanish giants Real Madrid to secure goalkeeping reinforcements has, on Thursday evening, been provided.
The subject of the situation between the posts has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines in Spain’s capital across the day to date.
This comes after Carlo Ancelotti’s Real were dealt a hammer blow.
After no.1 Thibaut Courtois was forced into a premature departure from training, confirmation was forthcoming that the Belgian international had suffered a ruptured ACL in his left knee:
‘Following tests carried out on Thibaut Courtois, the player has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The player will undergo surgery in the coming days,’ Los Blancos announced.
With Courtois facing up to a lengthy spell out of action, how, then, do the powers that be at the Santiago Bernabeu intend to proceed?
Initially, it was suggested that backup Andriy Lunin could be handed first-choice duties on an interim basis, whilst Courtois recovers.
Such claims, however, have since been rubbished.
Instead, Real, it would appear, have every intention of dipping into the market for a new shot-stopper.
And, with Kepa Arrizabalaga seemingly inching towards Bayern Munich, the leading target to take his place between the posts in Madrid for the season to come has seemingly been identified.
The player in question? Yassine Bounou, more commonly known as Bono.
As confirmed by a whole host of sources across the Spanish media, Moroccan international Bono is the clear favourite to act as no.1 for Carlo Ancelotti’s troops in 2023/24.
Not only that, but negotiations have already been kicked into gear between Real and Sevilla, with the 32-year-old understood to be pushing for a move to the capital.
Any transfer would be expected to set Florentino Perez and co. back a sum in the region of €20 million.