Update: July 7th, 8:10PM EST — Omar goin’
Bayern Munich left-back Omar Richards is leaving the club per numerous reports. This one is from Sky’s Florian Plettenberg:
Update O. #Richards: Very good deal for all parties again. Transfer is 100 % done. Bayern will receive around €9-10m transfer fee guaranteed. Forest will get a talented left back but he had to much competition with Davies/Hernández. @SkySportDE https://t.co/aWTJMXH1lV— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 7, 2022
Update: July 6th, 6:30AM EST — Could Richards be on his way out the door?
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Nottingham Forest is actively working on a deal for Bayern Munich left-back Omar Richards:
Nottingham Forest are working on permanent deals to sign Omar Richards and Neco Williams, The Athletic understands. It is hoped agreements for Bayern Munich left-back Richards and Liverpool right-back Williams could be in place by the weekend.
Richards joined Bayern from Reading in the summer of 2021. The 24-year-old made 12 appearances in the Bundesliga last season but with Lucas Hernandez back fit and Alphonso Davies available after suffering mild myocarditis, his game time at Bayern might be limited next campaign.
Update: July 5th, 9:50AM EST — Forest could pay decent money for Richards
According to Sky journalist Florian Plettenberg, Nottingham Forest is eager to bring in Omar Richards and could be ready to meet Bayern Munich’s price of €10 to €12 million:
X News Omar #Richards: Nottingham is working hard on a transfer! Both clubs are in contact. Bayern is keen to let him go. Transfer fee probably around €10-12m. But: No total agreement so far and the player has to say YES first. Further talks are planned. #NFFC @SkySportDE— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 5, 2022
Richards would have to agree on a move, but it would a resoundingly great piece of business for Bayern Munich if it achieves that transfer fee from Nottingham Forest. Richards came to Bayern Munich as a free transfer in 2021 from Reading.
According to Nieuwsblad_de, and captured by @iMiaSanMia, Belgian side Royal Antwerp could be interested in Bayern Munich’s left back Omar Richards. Bayern signed Richards just a year ago for free, with the aim of becoming the backup at left back for first choice starter Alphonso Davies.
However, Richards failed to establish himself as a reliable deputy while Davies was unavailable for multiple months and that has sparked the rumor mill into churning out endless reports that Bayern wants to offload the Englishman.
The report claims Bayern’s asking price is €12 million and that it is too much for Antwerp, adding that Bayern may or may not decide to loan the 24-year-old out.
It seems illogical to offload Richards just yet, as Bayern would again be without a backup for Davies. And with all the wheelings and dealings within the club already, it could be remiss to add a search for a left-back on to the search for a midfielder, defender and striker after having already secured three players.
It might be better for Bayern to see if Richards can blossom in his second season at the club and take action next summer if he does not. There is little to lose and a lot to gain from such a decision.