Sevilla’s Star Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou Joins Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabian Move
Yassine Bounou Bids Farewell to Sevilla, Joins Al-Hilal in Saudi Switch
Sevilla’s talented Moroccan goalkeeper, Yassine Bounou, has embarked on a new chapter in his football career, bidding adieu to European football for the allure of Saudi Arabia’s football scene. In an official announcement made on Friday, both Sevilla and Al-Hilal confirmed Bounou’s move to the Saudi club, solidifying his transition to the Middle East for a promising future.
Bounou, who notably showcased his skills in the recent UEFA Super Cup match against Manchester City, now stands as the latest prominent figure to make the leap to Saudi Arabia. Al-Hilal, already in the spotlight this week for securing the transfer of Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, solidifies their intent with Bounou’s acquisition.
A joint statement released by FC Sevilla and Al-Hilal unveiled the successful transfer deal that will see Bounou don the colors of the Asian powerhouse. While the financial details of the transaction remained undisclosed by both clubs, estimates by Spanish media place the value of the deal at approximately 20 million euros ($21.7 million).
Formerly known as “Bono,” as his shirt emblem declares, the Moroccan shot-stopper began his journey with Sevilla four years ago, arriving from Girona. His exceptional performances on the field and strong potential led to speculations earlier this season that he might join Real Madrid as backup for the injured Thibaut Courtois. However, the Spanish giants chose to secure Kepa Arrizabalaga instead.
Notably, Bounou’s prowess extended beyond club football; he played a pivotal role in Morocco’s national team during the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar. His contributions were instrumental in propelling the Moroccan squad to the semi-finals of the global tournament.
This move to Al-Hilal marks a prominent shift in Bounou’s career trajectory, and he now joins the growing ranks of talented players who are opting to explore the opportunities Saudi Arabian football has to offer. Notable names like Sadio Mane, who has signed up with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr, Karim Benzema with Al-Ittihad, and Kalidou Koulibaly, soon to be a teammate at Al-Hilal, have all embraced this trend of players departing from the European football scene to join the burgeoning Saudi football landscape.
As football enthusiasts around the world keep a keen eye on these high-profile transitions, Bounou’s journey to Al-Hilal adds yet another layer of excitement to the evolving dynamics of international football transfers.