Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that Bono and Al-Hilal have settled on personal terms after Sevilla greenlit the deal. Sevilla is said to have approved the departure of the 32-year-old for a fee of $22.84 million.
Bono, a standout for Morocco during their FIFA World Cup semi-final journey last year, is poised for a significant salary increase in Saudi Arabia.
Reports suggest that the goalkeeper will ink a three-year contract with the Saudi Pro League’s Al-Hilal, pocketing a net annual salary of $13.05 million. This is a significant jump from his current $4.35 million annual earnings at Sevilla.
Al-Hilal, the 18-time Saudi champions, are securing a top-tier talent in Bono. He’s renowned for his commanding presence, ball-handling skills, and his exceptional saves.
Having been with Sevilla since September 2020, after transferring from Girona, Bono has played 142 matches, conceded 140 goals, and achieved 58 clean sheets. If recent events hold, his last outing for the Spanish team might have been the UEFA Super Cup penalty loss to Manchester City on August 16.
Bono’s move underscores the increasing allure of the Saudi league. Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s switch to Al-Nassr in January 2023, a wave of elite European talent has gravitated to Saudi Arabia. Given the influx of stars to the Saudi league, it won’t be unexpected if European leagues see some of their viewership shift towards the SPL this season.
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