Published: 2023-08-18 13:08
Last Updated: 2024-02-25 18:03
In a significant move, Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal has secured the signing of Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou (32) from Spanish team Sevilla. The club made the announcement Thursday, confirming that Bounou has signed a three-year contract with them.
Al-Hilal proudly declared, "The Atlantic lion is our goalie," through a post on the messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
While the specific terms of the deal have not been officially disclosed, reports from Spanish media suggest that Sevilla will be receiving a sum of USD 22.8 million as part of the agreement.
This landmark signing has also been made possible through the sponsorship of Al-Hilal's honorary President, HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.
He played an instrumental role in Sevilla's victories in two Europa League tournaments and was part of Morocco's journey to the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar last year.
Bounou had drawn attention from other major clubs, such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who reportedly considered him as a temporary stand-in during injuries to Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer.
Al-Hilal, renowned as one of Saudi Arabia and Asia's most successful clubs, boasts an impressive track record of 66 trophies, including 18 domestic league titles and four Asian Champions League triumphs.
In addition to the signing of Yassine Bounou, Al-Hilal recently welcomed Brazilian striker Neymar from Paris St Germain. The club also made key appointments, including reappointing Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus on a one-year deal and securing players like Ruben Neves, Sergei Milinkovic-Savic, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Brazilian striker Malcom.
Note: Images from Al Hilal Saudi Football Club's official Instagram page