Manchester City’s high asking-price for Micah Richards has put several Premier League clubs off making a bid for the defender, according to reports.
Several clubs have asked about Micah Richards. The problem is the fee. #MCFC want around £6-7m and that's putting off potential buyers.— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) August 15, 2014
Richards was considered to be set to leave the Etihad this summer, but City allegedly want a fee of around £7million for the England international and that has seemingly meant that a host of teams have decided against making a bid for the 26-year-old.
Richards has found his first-team chances at City become limited after bursting onto the scene as a youngster.
The powerful defender had been identified as one of the brightest prospects in England in his early days, but as City have invested more money into their starting line-up his chances of playing have become more and more reduced.
Last season Richards made just two Premier League appearances for the side as they won the division in Manuel Pellegrini’s first season in charge.
It was a major blow for Richards, who has now made fewer than 10 appearances in the last two campaigns in City’s league matches.
As such, it was thought that a move away from the club would be best for him, but the Citizens’ reluctance to sell him on the cheap appears to have blocked any potential move so far.
City are keen to keep hold of Richards as he is an English player and helps them fill their quota for UEFA’s demands for Champions League registration.
Even so, many teams across England have hoped to sign him. Tottenham, Sunderland, Arsenal and Newcastle United have all been linked with making a move for Richards, but apparently will not part with so much cash for a player who will naturally not be match-sharp upon joining.
It means that Richards could be resigned to making fleeting appearances yet again this campaign, with Eliaquim Mangala’s arrival at the Etihad reducing his chances even further.