Minnesota United have made a transfer offer for Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone, which could make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the MLS.
According to The Athletic’s writer Jeff Rueter, the 31-year-old Italian has been given an option to leave Reading and rejoin Minnesota United, where his season-long loan spell has come to an end in the summer.
The journalist had this to say on Twitter:
I’m hearing #MNUFC has made an offer to Vito Mannone which would make him MLS’s highest-paid goalkeeper in 2020, eclipsing Brad Guzan’s wages.
Mannone won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2019 while on loan from Reading. He has interest from clubs in the EFL Championship and Italy.
— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) December 2, 2019
As mentioned above, there are also other clubs after the goalkeeper elsewhere in the EFL as well as in his native Italy.
Minnone managed to make 40 appearances for Minnesota United during the 2019 Major League Soccer season, keeping eleven clean sheets for the Loons.
The stopper also received the MLS Goalkeeper of the year award back in October for his excellent performances for Minnesota.
The 31-year-old has fallen out of favour at Reading over the last year, with Brazilian Rafael Cabral signed in the summer to replace him between the posts.
Mannone has made a total of 47 appearances for the Royals since signing for the Berkshire club in 2017 from Sunderland for a fee of £2 million.
He joined Minnesota on loan in February of this year.
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It may be an offer too good to turn down for Reading and for Mannone, as he was a success at Minnesota United whilst on loan at the club.
The MLS side will also increase his current salary, which may prove to be the sticking point in the deal. However, with Joao Virginia likely to return to Everton in January, Mark Bowen may have a change of heart and try to keep Mannone at the Madejski Stadium.