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Manchester City defender on the verge of signing for Fiorentina

Richards is looking to revive his career far away from home, by joining Fiorentina on loan with an option to make the deal permanent next summer.

Michael Regan

Reports both in England and Italy say that, sometime last night, Manchester City and Fiorentina reached an agreement over Micah Richards' transfer to the viola. The former English international fell out of favor at City and looks to change clubs in search of regular first team football. West Ham, Sunderland and Everton were interested in signing Richards, but it now seems the longest-serving Manchester City player is just a step away from moving to Serie A.

If transfer does go through, it will be a one year loan, after which the viola would have the option to make the move permanent. It would be a much welcomed reinforcement for perhaps the weakest part of the team - the right side of the defense.

The move isn't official yet, and we've been disappointed in the past. The much less exciting alternative for that position is Lazio's Abdoulaye Konko. Let's hope everything will go according to Daniele Prade's plan and Vincenzo Montella will soon have a solution to a defensive issue that's been plaguing Fiorentina since he took over the club.