Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle United have been put on alert as Manchester City are ready to negotiate offers for defender Micah Richards.
The 26 year right back was once eyed as a prodigy, but his constant injuries and the emergence of Pablo Zabaleta at the club has thwarted his progress.
The 26 year old would be further worried about his chances with the Manchester club as City have already signed Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna on a free transfer. Richards has clearly fallen behind in the pecking order and would be looking to move out of the club.
Newcastle United look like favourites to land the player and are ready to move for the player as Arsenal are closing on in Magpies full-back Mathieu Debuchy. Goal.com claims that Alan Pardew’s side is willing to match his £70,000-a-week wages. The capture of the one time England international would make him the fourth signing. Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback and Siem de Jong have already moved to St James’ Park. Newcastle are also interested in City’s Jack Rodwell and Pardew is reportedly only waiting for Manuel Pellegrini to green-light the midfielder’s departure from the Etihad.
Newcastle could have to fight interest from Liverpool and Arsenal, both the clubs being interested in bringing in the player. However, Arsenal’s want for the player might be a smokescreen for the ongoing Debuchy negotiations. Liverpool have faced major setback as they failed in bringing in their number one defensive target Alberto Moreno from Sevilla. They are reportedly looking at Richards as the man they want to compete Glen Johnson with for the right back squad, and add the much needed depth. The Reds are apparently also chasing Chelsea’s Ryan Bertand, someone Rodgers worked with in the past (Chelsea reserves).
But the most severe interest in the player apart from Newcastle is reportedly Tottenham Hotspur’s as defensive reinforcements are necessary at White Hart Lane, with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose failing to provide consitancy and stability. New manager Mauricio Pochettino understands the importance his defence will have if he wants to compete for the Top Four spots.
Richards has proved himself time and again and is versatile as he can play as a full back and in central defense. However, he is very injury prone and the recurrence of these injuries can deter any suitors. With Newcastle needing his services the most and willing to pay City’s valuation, it looks like the player is ready to be heading to the club. Newcastle chief scout, Graham Carr, has reportedly approved a move for the defender, with club owner Mike Ashley agreeing to finance the deal.