Chelsea is interested in a deal for Micah Richards of Manchester City, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina.

Richards was replaced as their first-choice right back by Pablo Zabaleta. The academy product was offered a new contract by the Citizens but after spending plenty of time on the bench, the England international has gone on loan to Fiorentina for the rest of the season as his current deal with City runs out in June.

Richards can now sign a pre-contract agreement and talk with other teams.

Inter Milan and Liverpool are also interested in Richards.

José Mourinho first tried to sign Richards during his initial tenure at Chelsea and against at Real Madrid.