Chelsea are considering offering Micah Richards a return to the Premier League in the summer as his contract with Manchester City is set to expire in June, according to The Guardian.
The 26-year-old has long come to terms with his exclusion at the Etihad, securing himself a loan move away in August as he moved to Serie A side Fiorentina. It's claimed that now he can listen to free transfer offers his exit will soon be made permanent.
The Citizens have offered the England international two contract extensions recently but he has turned them both down in the wake of being continually sidelined at the Etihad.
Richards is not without his critics but it has long been known that Jose Mourinho is a fan of the right back – and he tried to bring him to Real Madrid in 2012.
It is still unlikely that Mourinho would use Richards in a first-team capacity with Cesar Azpilicueta, Felipe Luis and Branislav Ivanovic all impressing for the Blues this season.
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With Glen Johnson expected to leave Anfield in the summer a move to Liverpool could be more on the cards, given Brendan Rodgers's defensive issues this season.
Roberto Mancini, Richards’s former coach at City, is also thought to be keen on bringing him to Inter Milan as he would be a good fit for the 4-3-1-2 system he has implemented there.