The Manchester City full-back made just seven appearances last season after a knee injury. And the Italian giants know Richards faces a fight for game time at the Etihad next season. City have indicated they are willing to hand the 25-year-old a new deal, even though he still has two years left on his current one. But he can expect a huge battle for first-team football next season, with Pablo Zabaleta and Maicon also vying for the right-back spot. Richards can play at centre-half too, but faces competition from Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott. Inter would be willing to sign the England star outright. But if he was to pen a new deal the Italians may still try to take him on loan.