Report: Manchester City's Micah Richards to be loaned to Fiorentina
Manchester City defender Micah Richards will sign a loan deal with Serie A club Fiorentina ahead of the transfer deadline on Monday, reports The Guardian.
Richards traveled to Italy on Monday to take a physical and complete the deal, and he could sign a permanent contract with Fiorentina next summer.
According to the report, Richards is making the move in order to find more playing time. He's made 245 appearances with Manchester City but just 19 since 2012, including just two league appearances last season, with City giving increased playing time to Pablo Zabaleta and recent acquisition Bacary Sagna.
The longest-tenured player for Manchester City, Richards joined the club's youth team as a 14-year-old and made his Premier League debut in 2005 at 17. Richards has also amassed 13 caps for the England national team, becoming the youngest defender to earn a cap in history when he made his debut as an 18-year-old in 2006.
Manchester City is has collected six points in the Premier League this season after a loss to Stoke City on Saturday. Fiorentina is lost to Roma on Saturday in its Serie A season opener.
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- Ben Estes