Manchester City defender Micah Richards who turns 27 later this month, was on loan at Serie A club Fiorentina last season, and his contract at City will run out at the end of June when he will become a free agent and Newcastle are still interested in signing the 13 times capped England International.
Micah Richards – while at Fiorentina last season
Micah offers Newcastle an experienced player on the cheap (that’s important to this Newcastle) who can play at either at center-back or right back, so he is a good experienced versatile defender.
If Micah is brought into the club this summer it’s likely he will be used at center-back, with Daryl Janmaat firmly entrenched at right back and Daryl was our best player in his first season at the club last term – he was our Player of the Season by a healthy margin over young Ayoze Perez.
Micah has been out of the first team for a while at the Manchester club, but he has made 245 appearances for the club he joined when he was just 14 years old, when he moved from Oldham.
The England International had this to say in the Star about whether he would join Newcastle or Liverpool – who are said to be the other club interested (with Newcastle) in signing the defender:
“I’d like to get back into the England squad.” “That’s why the next move – and next season – is massive for me.” “I just want to play football.”
One thing Micah will have to consider is whether he will get into the first team at either Liverpool or Newcastle – and that will be an important factor in what he sees as a massive decision for his career.
He’ll have a better chance of first team football at Newcastle, and that seems to be the advantage we have over Liverpool – we are not as good as Liverpool.