Liverpool To Move For Out-Of-Favour £8m-Rated England Defender This Summer

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Reds tried to take the centre back on loan in January, only to be rebuffed in their efforts. 

Liverpool and Turkish champions Galatasaray will go head to head in the battle to win the signature of out-of-favour Manchester City defender Micah Richards at the end of the season after the Blues decide to allow the Englishman to depart Eastlands this summer, according to reports in the Sun on Sunday.

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The versatile England international has once again found himself largely being surplus to requirements in the north west so far this season under new City head coach Manuel Pellegrini.

In fact, Richards has featured in just the nine matches in total for City to date, just two of which have come in the Premier League, with the attacking right back having contributed only the one assist along the way during that time.

And with the 25-year-old’s current deal with City now set to run out on June 30th 2015, the club have decided to offload Richards for just £8m at the end of the campaign, with both Merseyside giants Liverpool and Gala said to be desperate to land the player.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers even tried to lure Richards to Anfield on a six-month loan deal during the recent January transfer window, only for City to refuse to allow the player to leave the club, however, the Northern Irishman is certain to return for the full back this summer though.