Chelsea Plan Surprise Bid for Man City Defender

Stamford Bridge side keen on Etihad Stadium star.

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Chelsea are reportedly planning a surprise bid for Man City defender Micah Richards according to Sports Direct News.

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Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen to bring in the adaptable Etihad Stadium star, who can play at right-back and in a central defensive role, and the fact that the 25 year old is barely used by boss Manuel Pellegrini could well leave the England man being offloaded this month.

Richards has started just two Premier League fixtures this season and would surely jump at the chance of a move to Stamford Bridge, with Jose Mourinho reportedly being a big admirer of the defender who he attempted to sign back in 2006.

One imagines that Mourinho sees Richards as an option to fill the right-back slot, perhaps ahead of Branislav Ivanovic, with Cesar Azpilicueta seen as a possible long term replacement for Ashley Cole, who is out of contract in the summer.

Richards was a big hit when he first emerged as a Man City regular, earning regular England caps early in his career, but injuries and average form have seen the Birmingham born defender become something of a bit-part player in the last couple of years.

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