Vito Mannone joined Sunderland in July 2013 and made an immediate impact at the Stadium Of Light.
While the goalkeeper didn’t start his time with the Black Cats as first choice stopper, he certainly proved himself in a memorable first season with the club.
As well as featuring on occasion in the Premier League, it was in the League Cup where Mannone made his name with two dramatic penalty saves against Manchester United in the semi-final at Old Trafford being his most memorable moment.
That led to Mannone being named Supporters’ Player of the Year as well as the club’s official Player of the Year in his first season.
The Italian was in and out of the Sunderland team for the rest of his time on Wearside, but was seen as first choice when the club avoided relegation in 2016/17.
With Sunderland suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2017, Mannone left the Stadium Of Light to join Reading for a reported fee of around £2million.
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The 31-year-old was a first team regular for the Royals during the 2017/18 season and became a real fans’ favourite with the club before making a move to the MLS in February this year.
Mannone joined Minnesota United on a one-year loan deal and has rarely looked back after being named the MLS goalkeeper of the year in debut season.
With the goalkeeper among the higher earners with the Royals, it seems that the former Sunderland man could be on the move sooner rather than later with the club unlikely to keep the Italian on their books after falling down the pecking order.