Vito Mannone – The Number One Champion

Vito Mannone has been the number one champion as far as the last season is concerned. However, there are chances that he may be challenged by Walker as well as Anssi Jaakkola. In addition, Luke Southwood, Lewis Ward and George Legg are the youngsters who are yet to make the appearances, but will join Jokull Andresson to head out on loan. John O’Shea is also trying to fill in the game as a goalkeeper. As far as the performances of Vito Mannone in the last season is concerned, he did a spectacular job and was the best replacement for Ali Al-Habsi, but the high standards of Omani did make a repetition of his excellence. He did show his best performances in the matches last season with a 3-1 win prior to the late penalty against Leeds United and QPR which indeed saves the championship status of Reading.

Vito Mannone alongside Sam Walker is likely to take part for the first-team position and Mannone would begin the season as number one. There is a probability that Walker may push him hard during the match and try to get more scores in the league football. However, Mannone likes challenges and will surely do his best to show his excellence as a winner. Mannone has been playing for Reading as he signed a 3 year contract with them in the year 2017. However, the contract fee was not disclosed which may have been close to £2 million.

Mannone Praised By Reading Supporters

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been praised by the Reading supporters for his performance in the game against Queens Park Rangers. Indeed the goalkeeper managed to save a last-minute penalty that allowed his team to win their first game under new manager Paul Clement.

Reading has been struggling this season and replaced Jaap Stam with Clement as manager. The first thing that the latter did was to put Mannone back in goal and the former Arsenal player repaid his manager with a great performance in goal. […]


Brentford remain without a win in the English Championship so far as they play a 1-1 draw with Reading on Saturday.

Their guests played to hold them at Griffin Park with Liam Kelly’s penalty cancelling Josh Clarke’s first half opener.

The Bees have been decent but they have not been able to turn performance into victory so far. Following Clarke’s opener in the 16th minute after exchanging passes with Neal Maupay, the team kept up the pressure. However Reading keeper Vito Mannone was excellent, stopping their efforts.

Reading kept on holding their end, and they found rhythm in the second half. Kelly was creating chances in the wings while sub Roy Beerens shook Daniel Bentley. Kelly’s penalty equaled the scoreline but they could not claim match points. […]

Vito Mannone ends his 4 season stay with Sunderland

For a transfer fee of £2 million, Vito Mannone has completed his move from Sunderland over to Reading as his relationship with the English Premier League club reached it’s end.

Vito Mannone had a very unstable period of time as a player of Sunderland. Something that characterized Mannone’s campaign in the Stadium of Light is that there was a specific season where he played in superb form and then in the following season, his appearances were dropped for some reason or another.

For example, during the season of 2013-14, Vito Mannone was named as Sunderland Supporters’ Player of the Year as well as the official Player of the Year for the club but in the following season, he was limited to only making 10 appearances.

One of the reasons of why the amount of appearances from Vito Mannone dropped so suddenly from 1 season to another is due to the signings that were completed as new players were brought in order to compete and the manager on occasions gave the other shot-stopper, the upper hand and more chances in the pitch.

Pantilimon and Jordan Pickford were a few of the goal-keepers that Vito Mannone had to compete against and attempt to get into the starting lineup of the coach who was at the helm during that specific point in time. […]


Premier League side Everton FC are reportedly in advanced talks with Sunderland over getting goalie Jordan Pickford this summer.

The relegated side is valuing the highly rated keeper £30 million but the Toffees are hoping to beat down the price.

Pickford is on international duty with the England Under 21 side in Poland where the team is looking at replicating the success of the Under 20 side. Sunderland are negotiating finer details like add ons, clauses and fee payment structuring for the 23-year old player.

The transfer fee is expected in the range of £18.5 million while £11.5 million would be in additional payments. If the deal goes through, Pickford could be the most expensive keeper in the history of Britain. His debut for the BlackCats was in January last year but he has quickly grown through the ranks. […]


It is no rumour that Real Madrid might try again to sign Manchester United first choice goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Spaniard could have been playing for the Los Blancos for two years running now had the last deal gone through. Real Madrid submitted their bid for the player but a clerical error stopped the deal from going through.

With the club set to compete in the transfer market after their embargo was lifted, Madrid would chase a deal with its former coach Jose Mourinho for De Gea. De Gea has established himself as one of the best hands in the game, and with age and looks by his side he makes a great buy for Madrid – a side known for their commercial genius.

Mourinho has his reputation at Old Trafford at stake so he would not sell without getting a capable replacement. We look at like keepers Mourinho can replace De Gea with.

Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak. The 24-year old played a crucial role in the La Liga side last year. He has high release clause but he is allegedly at the top of Mourinho’s list. He has been decent this year as well. If Oblak’s release clause of £85million cannot be negotiated to a mutually convenient price, there is the option of Sergio Romero who is the second choice.

Romero has been playing in the cups all season and his records are not bad. The confidence boost in being number one could help him perform better in the biggest of games.

Mourinho could do a player plus cash swap deal for Keylor Navas. The Costa Rica international was in the player plus deal proposed in 2015 and it could be maintained this time around.

AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma is another option. The 18-year old has remained the first choice for the past two years. He won’t come cheap for the Red Devils either.

In England, there’s Kasper Schmeichel, 30, of Leicester City or Mourinho could snap Vito Mannone’s replacement at Sunderland Jordan Pickford as a backup for Romero.

Vito Mannoneuncertain about his near future

Jordan Pickford and Vito Mannone are the 2 main goal-keepers of Sunderland but this might be changing soon depending if whether or not Vito Mannone decides to remain with the Premier League club or make a move to another club.

The 28 year old Italian shot-stopper Vito Mannone has recently unveiled information about his current situation as the former Arsenal player said that one of the goals which he wants to achieve in his playing career is to perform in the Italian League, Serie A.

Fortunately for Mannone, a transfer to the Serie A is indeed very possible as there are Italian clubs interested in signing him.

When Vito Mannone was asked about his future and current situation in Sunderland, he replied by saying: “You never know in the future. I leave the doors always open. One day we are here, one there … I grew up as a child with the dream of Serie A, I never imagined pursuing this career.I’m here; I’m on the train, and traveling happily.”

‘’Before the opening of the market there were teams interested in me. After the injury I was not playing, I’m here now as a starter for Sunderland. Yes, there is interest from some clubs for January, but we will see what will happen. I want to definitely play.”

Genoa is one of the Serie A clubs that is believed to be interested in signing Vito Mannonehowever according to rumors; the 28 year old player is not going to be joining any Italian club at least not during the winter transfer window which will be shutting down on January 31 of 2017.

It is indeed possible that Mannone will fulfill his playing career goal of performing in the Serie A but if rumors are indeed true then he is not going to be moving away from Sunderland during this January transfer window but when it opens up again, there is a higher chance of it occurring.


English Championship side Aton Villa are reportedly keen on signing Vito Mannone from Sunderland, according to Sunderland Echo.

The report claims that Villa want to make the move when the transfer window reopens in January.

Mannone has lost his starting spot in the current set-up to Jordan Pickford in recent times. Reports in Italy say the shot stopper would exit the Stadium of Light when he gets a good offer.

Villa manager Steve Bruce seems like one who would want to add Mannone now, after he unsuccessfully tried to lure him to Hull City in 2012. Villa seems to have picked up after their poor start under former coach Roberto Di Matteo.

Mannone lost his spot to Pickford after his elbow injury early in the season. Pickford’s form seems to have cemented his spot in the team, forcing the Italian to look elsewhere for opportunities.

“In your career you always get tough times, there are ups and downs. The first challenge for me was coming back from my injury which was quite big. If you have a clear mind, I think you can always believe you can overcome the difficulties. And Jordan has done well. It’s not been down to me or my mistakes,” Mannone said.

The 28-year old player said he looked up to former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as his model particularly due to the keeper’s mental strength.

“I believe football is like a Jungle with a fight around every corner – and you just need to be ready for that. You’re walking with your elbows up high because you need to make space for yourself,” Mannoone added when he spoke at a special press conference with Sunderland University journalism students.

Mannone might be the replacement for Villa’s Pierluigi Gollini – the club’s summer signing.

Vito Mannone is on course for a premature recovery

Vito Mannone underwent a surgery back in August after he picked up an elbow ligament injury in a training session with the rest of his teammates in Sunderland.

After completing his operation, it was initially expected that his complete recovery would take a minimum of 3 months but the Italian goal-keeper is recovering at a faster pace and might be able to return to the pitch sooner than it was predicted.

The 28 year old goal-keeper has recently talked about how things have been going for him after sustaining this injury as he said:

‘’I am ahead of schedule so that’s a good thing it the injury is not as bad as expected at the beginning.It’s been very hard but I knew it would be a challenge right at the beginning when I got injured. It’s the first real injury I have had in my career. I have been lucky so far so I just have embrace the pain, face the challenge and come back stronger as soon as possible’’

“The medical team has been exceptional, and they have been with me since this problem happened. I’ve been working every day, double sessions. They have really worked me hard, and they’ve had the chance to do that because we have no game. I have been training like I never have done before! Hopefully this training will help me come back as strong as I possibly can.”

While Vito Mannone has been attempting to get back in playing form, Jordan Pickford has turned into the main shot-stopper of Sunderland and even though he has actually been having impressive performances it has not been enough to stop Sunderland from either losing or drawing matches at a consistent basis.

Out of the 9 opening matches Premier League matches of the season, Sunderland has not been able to win a single league game and they are currently positioned at the bottom of the top tier English League with 2 points being collected so far.

Maybe with the return of Vito Mannone can help Sunderland escape from the hole that they are pitted in and spark life back to the squad.