Arsenal have set their sights on Manchester City right-back Micah Richards amidst ongoing contract negotiations with Bacary Sagna, according to the Daily Star.
England international Richards, 25, is out of contract at the end of next season, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes he is the man to replace Bacary Sagna if he leaves the Gunners at the end of this season.
Sagna, 30, has yet to agree to a new deal with Arsenal amidst speculation that PSG and Monaco are ready to make an offer.
Richards is no longer guaranteed a place in the Manchester City squad with experienced Argentine Pablo Zabaleta preferred. However, Richards has recently stated he is happy to stay at City for another 10 years.
After starting his career as a striker in the Leeds United youth setup, Richards played for Oldham Athletic before being picked up by Manchester City at age 15. Richards made his first team debut against Arsenal in 2005, when he was captain of Manchester City’s youth team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup.
Arsenal are known to be in the market for a right back with doubts of over the future of Bacary Sagna and the readiness of Carl Jenkinson to step up in his absence.
Arsene Wenger also has high hopes for youngster Hector Bellerin, who joined the Gunners from Barcelona. The Spain Under-19 international is extremely highly-rated, and seen as Arsenal’s long-term option at right back.