Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Are Arsenal in the race to sign Manchester City's longest serving player?

Arsenal could be in the race to sign Manchester City's longest-serving player Micah Richards after he turned down an offer of a new contract.

The Guardian reports Richards was offered a pay rise as well as an extension to his current deal but the player has decided he needs to pursue regular first team football elsewhere.

Richards, a boyhood Arsenal fan, has made almost 250 appearances since his debut in October 2005.

But his career has stalled at the Etihad where he has fallen behind Pablo Zabaleta, who is Manuel Pellegrini's first-choice right-back.

The Gunners have long been linked with a move for the 25-year-old and could be in the market for a right-back should Bacary Sagna not agree to a deal which would extend his stay at the Emirates.

Pellegrini would be looking for any possible suitors to pay in the region of £7million for Richards, who is the youngest defender to win an England cap. He now has 13 full caps to his name.

The newspaper believes that Liverpool and Newcastle could also be interested in acquiring Richards services. 

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