TRANSFER TALK - Manchester City’s Richards off to Italy after Sunderland link

Manchester City's Micah Richards
Manchester City's Micah Richards
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MICAH Richards is heading to Fiorentina after false reports that Sunderland were interested in the Manchester City defender.

Richards has been repeatedly linked with a move to Sunderland this summer after the England international was made available by the Premier League champions.

However, the Echo reported earlier this month how Richards was not the type of defender Poyet was looking to recruit, while Sunderland were wary of making such a big financial outlay on the 25-year-old, who is reportedly on £70,000 a week wages at the Etihad.

Richards now looks to be heading to Serie A outfit Fiorentina on loan, with a view to a permanent deal.