If Bayern Munich is intent on selling Chris Richards, the field of suitors is shrinking.
Richards, who seems to possess every trait you would want in a modern center-back (good 1v1 defending, strong tackling, good awareness, great vision, great passing, quickness, good aerial ability), has somehow found his way on to Bayern Munich’s list of players to sell based on some reports.
Now, however, Hoffenheim appears to be the only major suitor as Leicester City recently inked Jannik Vestergaard to a deal. The Foxes were reportedly interested in bringing Richards to England:
After agreeing a three-year deal at the Club, @JVestergaard7 spoke about his excitement on playing a role in the team's pursuit of success #Leicestergaard— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 13, 2021
One thing that could earn Richards an extended stay in Munich, however, are the injuries to Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard. Richards is primarily a center-back, but can play right-back if needed. His versatility might be nice to have on the roster given the shaky injury history of some of the Bayern Munich defenders.
The conundrum, however, is that Richards is at a point where he needs to play — something that cannot be guaranteed in Bavaria given the squad’s defensive depth.
Whatever happens, it would be a shame to see Richards sold — especially at a cut rate price — when he is so talented.