Report: Chelsea lining up move for Manchester City’s Micah Richards

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According to numerous outlets in the UK, Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up Manchester City defender Micah Richards who is currently on loan at Fiorentina in Italy’s Serie A.

Richards, 26, has won the Premier League title and FA Cup with City but was replaced as their first-choice right back by Pablo Zabaleta. The academy product was offered a new contract by the Citizens but after spending plenty of time on the bench, the England international has gone on loan to Fiorentina for the rest of the season as his current deal with City runs out in June.

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He is now able to sign a pre-contract agreement and talk with other teams, as Fiorentina have already offered Richards a deal to stay in Florence permanently, while his old boss at City Roberto Mancini is also interested in taking him to Inter Milan.

Chelsea may have some competition if they aim to return Richard to the Premier League as Liverpool are also in the hunt for the powerful defender as Glen Johnson look set to run down his contract at Anfield and leave on a free transfer this summer. Jose Mourinho has previously tried to sign Richards during his first spell with Chelsea and also while he was at Real Madrid, so there’s a lot of history behind this.

With John Terry not getting any younger and only Kurt Zouma as back up for Terry and Gary Cahill, Chelsea could do with bolstering their defense and Richards would be a great choice as right back or center back. Number one, he would cost nothing and under the strict rules of Financial Fair Play, Chelsea’s directors would love that deal. Number two, Richards is a very good player who got a bit of a raw deal at City and with England. Let’s not forget, as a teenager he was playing week in, week out for City and for the English national team before he become a regular on the bench.

Let’s see if anyone signs up Richards to a pre-contract this month. Going by the rumors, it seems like he will have plenty of offers to weigh up.