Bayer Leverkusen in advanced talks to sign Victor Boniface

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Advances have been made in the negotiations between Bayer Leverkusen and Royal Union SG regarding Victor Boniface’s transfer to the Bundesliga.

According to Sacha Tavolieri, the 22-year-old has already given Die Werkself the green light on personal terms; the transfer is now up to the Belgians.

To complete the purchase, Leverkusen will need to set aside about €15 million. But money shouldn’t be an issue, especially given that Moussa Diaby will soon be moving to Aston Villa.

Despite fierce competition from Al-Nassr of the Saudi Pro League, Villa are close to signing the Frenchman for a club-record cost of €50 million plus €10 million in add-ons.

The 24-year-old has been one of Germany’s most effective forwards in recent years. He is also one of the Bundesliga’s fastest players, if not the fastest.

After a respectable debut season at Royale Union, Boniface appears to be Xabi Alonso’s option as the successor for Diaby. Who couldn’t have left without a suitable replacement.

The Nigerian joined the Belgian team last summer for just over €2m after tearing apart Norwegian Eliteserien backlines during his three-year stay at Bodo/Glimt.

After 55 games and 22 goals and 12 assists. Boniface’s value has soared tenfold as the Belgians get ready to cash in on his long-awaited departure.

Alonso may have noticed Boniface during the Europa League of last season. Where he emerged as one of the competition’s best players.

In nine starts, he scored six times, including the game-winning goal in the first leg of Royale Union’s quarterfinal match against Leverkusen that resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Even though Die Werkself routed Alexander Blessin’s team 4-1 in the second leg to advance to the semifinals. But lost to Jose Mourinho’s Roma, Boniface seemed to have made an impact on Alonso.

If all goes as planned, he may be the club’s fourth summer acquisition. After Jonas Hofman, Granit Xhaka, and Alex Grimaldo all arrived at the Bay Arena.

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