Arsenal Could Look to £9m Micah Richards as Long Term Defensive Solution

Young England international very much on Wenger’s wishlist.

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Sports - October 13, 2007

Manchester City are ready to offer Micah Richards an improved five-year contract even though the England international still has three years left on his current deal.

City boss Mark Hughes wants to keep Richards at Eastlands and out of the clutches of Arsenal and Aston Villa, who are long-term admirers.

Hughes insists Richards is part of his long-term plans and said: ‘I’m not quite sure where it came from that Micah might leave. He is a big part of what we are doing here.’ (The Metro)

Arsenal hit the self destruct button last night, failing to handle the physical threat imposed by the excellent Carlton Cole and with a view to resolving and long term defensive failings Wenger is said to be interested in Man City’s Micah Richards.

The young England international is by no mean a first choice starter at Eastlands and has made noises about needing to consider his City future in order to maintain a presence in the national squad.

The adaptable defender is probably more assured when at centre back than playing as a right full back and could handily fit in given that William Gallas is the wrong side of 30 and that Johann Djourou hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory. The £9m rated 21 year old would surely consider such a move to north London and may feel that Arsene Wenger is more likely to give him a decent run in the team given that his starts at Man City are currently only occurring when another back four player is injured or suspended.

I am not sure that Richards would put pen to paper on a City contract if he felt that it would just mean a large financial windfall without the progression on the field of play so therefore any interest shown by Arsenal will surely make him think twice?

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