Minnesota United are closing in on a deal for Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

The 30-year-old is edging closer to a move to the Major League Soccer side, as per a report by the American news outlet StarTribune.

Mannone has fallen out-of-favour at Championship side Reading this season and has been used as a back-up. He has made just six appearances for the Royals and has been told by their new boss, Jose Gomes, that he can leave the Madejski Stadium.

The Italian ‘keeper started his career in his native country with Atalanta but was snapped up by Arsenal as a youngster in 2005. Mannone went onto play 23 times for the Gunners’ first-team during his time at the Emirates Stadium.

He also gained plenty of experience out on loan at Barnsley and Hull City. Sunderland moved for him in 2013 and he spent four seasons at the Stadium of Light.

Reading came calling for Mannone in July 2017 and signed him for around £2 million. He was their first choice goalkeeper last season but has lost his place in this campaign.

A loan move to the MLS to Minnesota United now looks very likely for him. The Loons came 10th in the Western Conference last season.

They are managed by Englishman and former Everton and Manchester City attacking midfielder Adrian Heath. Minnesota have been in the hunt for a new goalkeeper for their upcoming 2019 season and Vito Mannone would be an ideal signing for them.


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