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Arsenal boss gave thumbs down to Manchester City transfer

Micah RichardsPremier League fans in the Football Transfer Tavern cannot wait until the domestic season starts again on Saturday.

The regulars are so bored of the international break that they are instead reading up on newspaper transfer gossip.

And according to talkSPORT, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger turned down the chance to sign Manchester City outcast Micah Richards this summer.

All summer long, the Gunners manager was on the hunt for defensive options following the departures of club captain Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna.

Vermaelen was sold to La Liga giants Barcelona in a deal worth £15 million in August just weeks after Sagna swapped North London for the Etihad Stadium.

It is believed that the Frenchman was first made aware of Richards’ availability midway through the transfer window when he turned down a new deal.

The former England international was struggling for first team action at the Etihad Stadium and Manuel Pellegrini and co made the player available for loan.

However, Wenger instead decided to push on with a move for Southampton defender Calum Chambers.

The teenager joined the North London club in a deal worth £16 million before Richards eventually swapped the Premier League for life in Serie A with Fiorentina on a season-long loan.

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