Date of birth
Experienced goalkeeper Vito Mannone completed a transfer from Sunderland to join the Royals for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2017.
The 6’2” Lombardy-born goalkeeper first arrived in the UK as a 17-year-old signed by Arsene Wenger as he swapped Atalanta and his native Italy for a role within the Arsenal ranks.
His professional debut came the following summer when Mannone was on the winning side in a penalty shootout as his save helped loan side, Barnsley, beat Blackpool in a Carling Cup clash at Bloomfield Road.
Champions League football came about when he kept guard for the Gunners against Standard Liege, Olympiakos and AZ Alkmaar in 2009-10, before keeping clean sheets against Wigan and Fulham in Premier League victories for Arsenal in the early part of the campaign.
A loan stint at Hull City followed and Mannone kept four clean sheets in his first five Championship games - saving a Shane Long penalty when the Tigers drew 1-1 with play-off contenders Reading in December 2010.
The former Italy Under-21 international returned to Hull in January 2012 to make an even bigger impact on Humberside, conceding only three goals in his first eleven league games at the KC Stadium – and he fought his way into contention for the no.1 jersey at Arsenal in 2012-13 before ending an eight-year affiliation with the North London giants by signing a two-year deal at Sunderland that summer.
In his maiden campaign as a Black Cat, Mannone won the Player of the Season gong at the Stadium of Light - saving two penalties against Manchester United to take his new team into their first Wembley final since 1992, a Capital One Cup Final against Manchester City in 2014.
Three years later, in 2017, Mannone left Wearside for a new challenge at Reading, and would play a majority of his first campaign as a Royal as first-choice stopper.
In February 2019, he journeyed abroad to sign for Minnesota United on loan, playing his football between the sticks for the MLS outfit until January 2020.