Vito Mannone’s time at Arsenal could be up this summer. The Italian shot-stopper has constantly been on the fringe of the first-team but has failed to make the number one jersey his despite several faultless performances.
He deputised at the beginning of last season with Polish duo Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski out injured but was pushed back to the bench when club number one Szczesny returned.
He stayed on the bench when Szczesny was dropped for fellow countryman Fabianski but was missing from the squad completely at the end of the season. The 25-year old is in a crucial part of his career and needs to play first team football to show his talents. The Italian has played only 23 times for Arsenal, less than a fifth of the games Szczesny has represented the club and he is two years younger.
Genoa and Parma are interested in Mannone and are both lining up bids to bring him back to Italy. It would seem offers of only £1 million would be enough to secure the goalkeeper as Arsenal look to offload the players that are surplus to requirements.
That could mean fellow ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski too. The Gunners have been linked with a whole host of goalkeepers to compete with Szczesny next season however there have been no roles lined out for Mannone or Fabianski which would lead to suggestions they could both be sold. They are both in need of regular football and will fail to get that at the Emirates next season.
Julio Cesar, Simon Mignolet and Asmir Begovic have all be tracked by Arsenal however official confirmation of bids have not been announced. A transfer for Cesar to Arsenal looked likely a few weeks ago but speculation on this move has gone quiet. Any transfer could be waiting for inevitable departures of Fabianski and Mannone to free up more space in the squad for new arrivals.
Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Seb Squillaci are set to leave at the end of the month to free up even more space while the futures of Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Johan Djourou, Andre Santos, Francis Coquelin, Abou Diaby, Emmanuel Frimpong, Tomas Rosicky, Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Park Chu-Young and Niklas Bendtner are all unclear.