Manchester City defender Micah Richards is set to make a shock move to Serie A giants Fiorentina on a season long loan deal.
Richards was pictured on La Viola's official Twitter account arriving at Florence airport ahead of his medical at the Italian club, and will ease Manchester City's wage bill, after their £50 million fine for breaching Financial Fair Play limits.
The defender has had a tough few seasons at the Etihad Stadium, as both Roberto Mancini and current City boss Manuel Pellegrini have both preferred fans favourite Pablo Zabaleta to Richards, who broke through Manchester City's first team eight years ago after coming through the academy.
And now with the recent additions of former Arsenal and France right-back Bacary Sagna, first-team opportunities have become even harder to come by for Richards, so a fresh start abroad at Florence makes perfect sense for him.
West Ham and Sunderland were very keen on taking Richards on loan to their clubs, but wage demands and loan fees effectively stopped those deals coming through, and the fact Fiorentina are in the Europa League will have attracted the English defender even more.
The 26-year-old will hope that he can return to the level he was once at, where he was touted to be England's right back for years to come.
Indeed, not only would a successful spell at the Artemo Franchi help Richards get back on track, but may also help him back into Roy Hodgson's plans for the England squad.
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