Wolves transfer news: Morocco's World Cup hero Bono on Julen Lopetegui's radar
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Wolves transfer news: Morocco's World Cup hero Bono on Julen Lopetegui's radar

Morocco’s World Cup hero Yassine Bounou, also known as Bono, is reportedly on the radar of Wolves and Julen Lopetegui, and also Aston Villa and Unai Emery.

The goalkeeper stole headlines yesterday after making three saves in the penalty shootout win over Spain.

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Bono came in clutch for Morocco, making brilliant stops from Pablo Sarabia, Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets.

His exploits sent the north African nation into the quarter-finals, where they will now face Portugal.

It is the first time Morocco have ever reached this stage of the competition.

Perhaps inevitably, transfer rumours have already started about the 31-year-old.

Spanish outlet Mucho Deporte have claimed that Lopetegui is keen to sign Bono, with the pair having worked together at Sevilla.

Bono joined Sevilla on an initial loan deal from Girona in 2019, just a few months after Lopetegui has become the club’s new head coach. His move was made permanent a year later.

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It has been claimed that Lopetegui and his team have only offered £4.3 million, which is highly unlikely to be accepted.

Some Wolves fans may remember Bono as the goalkeeper that saved a penalty from Raul Jimenez when Wanderers and Sevilla met in the Europa League in 2020.

He denied the Mexican in the 13th minute, later stating that knowing Jimenez from their time together at Atletico Madrid had helped him make the save.

Lucas Ocampos went on to score the winner for the Spaniards in the 88th minute.

Mucho Deporte also state that there is interest from Villa, who of course are now managed by Emery.

Following his brilliance yesterday evening, it was almost inevitable that there would be a transfer link involving Wolves, given Bono plays his football for Sevilla.

It is difficult to see this move happening though.

Bono has plenty of time left on his contract (summer of 2025), so Sevilla are in a strong position.

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£4.5 million seems like an extremely low offer for someone of his experience and quality.

Wolves don’t really need to strengthen with another goalkeeper right now. While Jose Sa is not in the best form, he has plenty of credit in the bank from last season.

And number two Matija Sarkic is a more-than-capable deputy.