Currently with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, the 33-year-old has been nothing more than a bit part player in recent times, completing just nine outings last campaign [Transfermarkt].
Now, he could make a surprise return to Wearside, perhaps with a view to earn himself more consistent playing time.
Would Mannone be a good addition for Sunderland?
The Italian has begun discussions with Sunderland, and is rumoured to be keen on the move as the close of the transfer window draws ever-nearer [Roker Report].
Holding a strong rapport with the Black Cats support, it is no wonder loads of Sunderland diehards took to social media to have their say on the latest news.
Sunderland AFC fans react:
Replying to the Roker Report Twitter account, here is what some supporters had to say about the prospect of Mannone returning to the North East, with one fan calling it ‘unreal’:
“Oooooooo Vito manoooooonnnnnneeee”
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