Chris Richards attracts interest from PL and La Liga
Money raised from departures is crucial for Bayern Munich this summer as they seek to refresh their squad. The German champions don’t have a huge budget like Premier League clubs and Paris Saint-Germain, so they need to be creative in the transfer market. Die Roten are also looking to raise funds by listening to offers for fringe players.
Chris Richards is one of the Bayern players set to leave this summer. The United States international enjoyed a promising loan spell at Hoffenheim. His good loan has made various clubs interested in him this summer.
According to CBS, there is strong interest in Chris Richards from the Premier League and La Liga. Crystal Palace and Southampton want to sign the young defender, while Valencia are one of three Spanish clubs who have also joined the race for him. It remains to be seen what the player’s preference is as Die Roten consider inserting a buyout clause into a potential deal for him. CBS also confirms that a few clubs in Germany and France are also tracking the young defender.
Richards featured mainly at the heart of the Hoffenheim defense last season. He managed to make 19 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim. His season was cut short in mid-April due to a hamstring injury. As it stands, Richards will report for pre-season at Sabner Strasse unless a transfer is sorted in the coming days. (Stats courtesy of Whoscored)
A departure from Bavaria will be the right choice for Chris Richards. He has developed well over the last 18 months, thanks to his consistent playing time at Hoffenheim. The United States international should aim for similar playing time to improve his game.
Chris Richards will struggle to get enough first-team minutes at Bayern next season. There are four centre-backs ahead of him in the pecking order which means he will play in odd-numbered DFB Pokal games. In such a scenario, the search for a permanent transfer should be on the agenda this summer for the 22-year-old defender.
A move to the Premier League will be great for Richards, provided Southampton and Crystal Palace can guarantee consistent playing time. Both clubs have been good at developing young players. Valencia have been a chaotic club in recent years, so a move to Mestalla won’t be the ideal environment for him to develop.
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In an ideal scenario, Bayern and Chris Richards would like a transfer sorted before the start of the pre-season tour. Richards will have plenty of time to prepare for the season with his new club. Die Roten should look to include a workable buyout clause as Richards is likely to become a very good centre-back. The coming weeks are likely to be decisive for the future of Richards, who is certainly looking away from Bavaria.