Inter Milan look into bringing Manchester City defender to the San Siro

The Nerazzuri want to bring Richards to Italy. Long-term Manchester City defender Micah Richards is a transfer target for Inter...

The Nerazzuri want to bring Richards to Italy.

Long-term Manchester City defender Micah Richards is a transfer target for Inter Milan either permanently or on-loan, according to the Sun.

Richards has fallen somewhat out-of-favour at the Etihad Stadium in recent times and that, coupled with a knee injury, saw the 25-year-old make just eight appearances in the 2012/13 campaign.

The England international is behind Pablo Zabaleta for a starting place at right-back and is also vying with Brazilian veteran Maicon for the spot.

However, the defender’s versatility means he can also operate at centre-back but again is behind Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic in that area.

City have told Richards that despite still having two years left on his current contract they will offer him a new deal, although a regular starting place cannot be guaranteed.

Inter are therefore hoping to capitalise on this uncertainty for the Englishman and try and tempt him to the San Siro in what would be initially a permanent deal and failing that, a loan signing.

The Nerazzuri are hoping to improve their squad after an extremely disappointing season in Milan which saw the club crash out of the Europa League against Tottenham and then fail to even qualify for Europe for next term, by finishing ninth in Serie A.

Richards has spent his entire career at Eastlands since progressing from the youth ranks in 2005 and has gone on to make 230 appearances for City.

Along with Joe Hart the full-back is the only player to have been at the club before the multi-million takeover in 2008 and Richards is the only academy player in the first team squad – with Hart having signed from Shrewsbury Town in 2006.

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