Over the past few year Man City have regularly raided The Emirates landing the likes of Toure, Clichy and of course Nasri. But with quite a few players apparently now not part of new boss Manuel Pellegrini’s plans could it be time that the traffic went in the opposite direction?
There has been plenty of speculation about the future of Micah Richards over the past few weeks. The England defender seems to have been deemed surplus to requirements at The Etihad and a move to the club he apparently supports could certainly re-start his career.
Richards is predominantly a right back and could work out as solid replacement for Bacary Sagna if the Frenchman decides to move on. Alternatively by linking to Richards the team might be putting pressure on Sagna to sign a new contract. Who knows…
Meanwhile Arsenal are also being linked with another City defender Joleon Lescott. According to the Star the club are keen on the centre back who
‘has vowed to quit Manchester City unless he is guaranteed regular football.’
Apparently the England international will hold emergency talks with the Chilean coach when he reports for pre-season training with Manchester City next week, and depending on the outcome could push for a move away this transfer window.
“The situation is simple really,” a source told the Daily Star. “He wants to play and doesn’t want to spend next season sat on the bench.
“If he isn’t going to play regularly at City, then he can go to another club that will value him more.”
Lescott is certainly a classy defender and the rumour is that he could picked up for just £5 million – half of the mooted price for Swansea’s Ashley Williams.
Of course the interest in Lescott could be a smoke screen in a bid to get Swansea to reduce their price? HITC thinks that might also be the case with Arsenal’s bid for central midfielder Lars Bender. The website says it was move that was never likely to happen, but it might have the effect of the encouraging Everton to lower the price that they have put on their central midfielder Marouane Fellaini. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.