Former England international Richards is currently on loan with Serie A rials Fiorentina, and his contract expires in the summer.
The once-promising right-back looks to have stalled in his career development in recent years, and the City academy graduate has made just 11 appearances for the Viola this term - with only four in Serie A.
Regardless, his lack of form has done little to put off potential suitors, and the 26-year-old was linked with a switch to Premier League side Chelsea earlier this month. As reported by the Guardian, Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to sign the full-back at the end of the season when his contract has expired, having held a long-term admiration for him.
Mancini, who worked with Richards at City, has been impressed with the 26-year-old this term, and his admiration for the player could see him make an offer to secure him for free in the summer. The report indicates that Richard’s representatives have approached Inter already over a potential switch, and it just remains to be seen whether a formal offer is submitted by the club.
With his contract expiring, and no future expected at Manchester City, it is likely that Richards would accept to sign with Inter if the club make an offer for him. His relationship with Mancini increases the potential chance of any deal, although he could be tempted to return to England if Chelsea’s interest leads them to submit a formal offer.