Report: Vito Mannone, once of Sunderland, closes in on MLS switch

3rd August 2018, Madejski Stadium, Reading, England; EFL Championship football, Reading versus Derby County; Vito Mannone of Reading

The Italian goalkeeper spent four years with Sunderland.

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

According to a report from Football.London, ex-Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone is on the verge of joining MLS side Minnesota United on a short-term deal until the end of the year.

The 30-year-old joined the Black Cats from Arsenal in the summer of 2013, for a fee believed to be worth somewhere in the region of £1.5 million, and he went on to rack up 80 appearances in all competitions for the Wearside outfit.

 

Mannone was a consistent performer for Sunderland, but he never really hit the heights that were expected of him when he was a young player coming through the ranks at Arsenal.

Vito Mannone of Sunderland celebrates as his team draw level for the second time during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in...

He left the Stadium of Light for Reading in the summer of 2017, but it seems as though his time at the Madejski Stadium will be cut short, according to a report from Football.London, with a move to MLS side Minnesota United, currently managed by Everton legend Adrian Heath, looming large.

At just 30-years-old, Mannone still has plenty of time left ahead of him, and Sunderland fans will surely be keeping a keen eye on how the Italian fares in America.

Jermain Defoe of Sunderland and Vito Mannone of Sunderland clap the fans after the Premier League match between Sunderland and Swansea City at Stadium of Light on May 13, 2017 in...

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