Report: Napoli begin negotiations to sign Sunderland's Vito Mannone

Sunderland's Vito Mannone celebrates

Sunderland’s Vito Mannone has been linked with Napoli.

Sunderland's Vito Mannone celebrates

According to Gianluca di Marzio, Napoli have opened talks with Sunderland over a potential deal for goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

The report claims that the Italian giants are on the lookout for a new shot-stopper this summer and have identified Mannone as an ideal option, despite the player recently signing a new deal on Wearside.

The former Italy U21 international joined Sunderland from Arsenal back in 2013, having previously enjoyed a loan spell at Hull City during the Tigers’ previous stint in the Premier League.

Sunderland's Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone celebrate after the game

Mannone initially arrived on a two-year deal as understudy to Kieran Westwood, but after an injury to the latter the Italian gained the number one spot and went on to win the club’s Player of the Year award.

After then enduring a tough second and third season at the Stadium of Light, Mannone again regained the number one jersey after Costil Pantilimon joined Watford on a permanent deal last January.

Sunderland's Vito Mannone celebrates with team mates at the end of the match

The 28-year-old recently extended his contract with Sunderland, yet that hasn’t stopped Napoli from seeking a deal as fresh reports from Italy claim the Serie A title challengers have opened talks over a move.

The Black Cats are currently manager-less after Sam Allardyce took over the vacant England job, and the club’s new manager may find his first transfer business is deciding on the future of Mannone.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates with Vito Mannone after the game

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