Inter Milan and Roma are also interested in the 25-year-old. Arsenal firstly identified Richards as a possible replacement for Bacary Sagna, however the Frenchman has assured the club he plans to stay at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger’s interest in Richards remains strong however, with the player capable of playing centrally as well.
Arsenal are in the market for a centre-back having been priced out of a move for Swansea centre-back Ashley Williams. The club have also been linked with 17-year-old Croatian defender Tin Jedvaj as well as Kyriakos Papadopoulos of Schalke but have emerged as contender for City’s Richards.
The club have been a longer admirer of the versatile defender with the player himself confessing he was a Gunners fan. His preference would be to stay in England so a move to Arsenal would suit best out of the possible suitors. New City boss Manuel Pellegrini is currently assessing his squad and could decided Richards has a part to play in his era at the club but the player has become frustrated with life at the Etihad and would welcome a move away.
City value the player at a costly £12 million, however with the player playing under 10 games last season, that price is likely to be knocked down. City aren’t giving up on the England international as they plan to offer him a new deal but Richards would like to explore his options first with a move to the Emirates interesting him the most.
Arsene Wenger would be able to use Richards as a centre-back and right-back as well as using him as a midfield anchor from time to time with his strength and pace his best attributes. Arsenal have been linked with several players this transfer window but have made next to no bids so far. It remains to be seen whether Richards is just another rumour.