Morocco international on PSG's radar for backup goalkeeper role

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Following Sergio Rico's injury last May and with Keylor Navas on his way out of Paris, PSG are searching for a new backup goalkeeper to join Gianluigi Donnarumma ahead of next season. They seem to have found the perfect man for the role.

If the intel gathered by French outlet RMC Sport is to be believed, then PSG want "an experienced goalie who can provide healthy competition for their no. 1 goalkeeper."

While that description surely fits the profile of players mentioned in the past, such as Hugo Lloris, it's also hard to envision a top-tier goalie as the aforementioned joining PSG only to play second-fiddle to Gigio.

The latest name to hit the rumor mill, Morocco international Yassine Bounou, is certainly much more likely to end up signing with PSG and fitting the role PSG are trying to fill.

According to Fabrice Hawkins of RMC Sport, Paris Saint-Germain have "expressed interest in the Moroccan goalkeeper." Bounou is coming off a great season at Sevilla that saw him win the Europa League a few weeks ago. He also appeared and started all of Morocco's games at the 2022 World Cup along with fellow PSG player Achraf Hakimi on their way to reaching the semi-finals.

PSG see Bounou as "a potential second-choice goalkeeper," and "discussions between the player and the club's management have begun," reported Hawkins.

According to the insider's information, "Luis Enrique has approved the move" while Sevilla is in need of selling players, which could facilitate the transfer. Hawkins estimates a fee of "around €15m" for PSG to pay in order to acquire the player from the Spanish side.

Luis Enrique seemingly likes Bounou's ability to initiate play, something that Donnarumma has struggled with throughout his PSG tenure. That doesn't mean that he will unseat Gigio from the GK1 role, of course, but it might help the Morocco international to get into the XI in lesser competitions such as the Supercup and the French Cup throughout next season.