Arsenal and Liverpool battle Magpies to sign English defender

Arsenal, Liverpool, and Newcastle are in the race to sign Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who has been allowed to leave the Etihad, Express reports.

Richards has been playing second-fiddle to first choice right back Pablo Zabaleta and with the free signing of Bacary Sagna from Arsenal, is now well behind in the pecking order.

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The 26-year-old currently has one year left on his contract and is now a target for the Premier League trio, with all clubs keen to sign a right sided defender.

Richards has been unlucky with injuries last season and hasn’t featured much under Manuel Pellegrini, and Man City are willing to let the Englishman go at a cut-price fee.

The Gunners have been keeping an eye on Richards for some time, and with the chase for Toulouse’s Serge Aurier currently stalled, could make a bid to revive Richard’s career.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also a fan of the powerful defender, who is set to lose Glen Johnson when his contract ends in a year’s time.

But it is Newcastle who could beat the two sides to Richards’ signature, as he wants nothing less than regular first-team football.

And Alan Pardew could use the potential sale of Mathieu Debuchy to fund a move for the Manchester City right-back.