Sir Alex considers tempting move for arch rival defender.
Out-of-favour Manchester City reserve Micah Richards may have to take his “fabulous three-storey contemporary house of over 8,000 square feet set in private, gated landscaped grounds, with superb leisure complex and cinema suite” off the market now that it’s emerged that Sir Alex Ferguson reckons he can whip him into shape and turn him into a proper mature grown-up centre-half without an attitude problem. (Guardian)
When Micah Richards first came to prominence a couple of years ago he was regarded as a player with a stellar future, a future England regular, a player who would in time become one of the best defenders in the Premier League. Then something happened. The player who was the darling of Man City under Sven Goran Ericsson lost some form and became less and less a crucial part of Mark Hughes’ plans.
Whether it was down to the Eastlands outfit getting new recruits or whether Richards himself lost a bit of the quality that first brought attention to his door, either way things are not looking quite so rosy for the 21 year old. The youngster has found himself warming the bench on occasion this term and has been linked with a great many Premier League outfits and now it appears Sir Alex is eying up the England international. The £14m has been the subject of interest from the likes of north London sides Arsenal and Tottenham as well as from his hometown club Aston Villa.
Ferguson has been consistently linked with many ways to splash the cash he received for Cristiano Ronaldo but a move for Richards would be a very wise investment for the future. Perhaps he may be thinking that a centre back partnership of Micah and Jonny Evans may be just the trick for the long term, and this may be even more pressing an issue given the recent loss of form shown by Rio Ferdinand.
City fans will be loathed to see such a deal come to fruition but if Micah doesn’t feel he has the manager’s full backing then he may well find such a deal impossible to turn down.