Italian giants AC Milan are lining up a summer move for Manchester City right-back Micah Richards as reported by The Sun.

Milan are already outlining their transfer targets as they look to strengthen their defence for next season's Serie A title challenge.

The San Siro club lie third in the league, having finished second last season, and are keen to end Juventus' dominance of the division. 

They are reportedly keen on providing competition for current first-team right-backs Ignazio Abate and Mattia de Sciglio. 

It is understood that Richards, who can also play in central defence, is their first choice after January signing Mario Balotelli - a former City teammate of Richards - told the club he would be an ideal signing.

Manchester City would be willing to sell as long as their £15m valuation of Richards is met, as they look to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play Rules. 

Argentine Pablo Zabaleta is now held in higher regard than Richards at the Etihad after being a rare bright spot in City's dismal season, and has impressed onlookers with his defensive solidity as well as his attacking vision.

Richards himself is keen on a move away from his current club, having lost the first-choice right-back berths in both the England and Man City teams, to Glen Johnson and Zabaleta respectively, following a six-month injury lay-off. 

Milan are ready to submit an initial bid of around £10m but would be willing to offer something closer to the £15m City want if pushed.

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