Reading defender Omar Richards will join Bayern Munich on a four-year deal this summer as young England U21 star prepares to challenge Alphonso Davies for a starting spot at the European champions
- Reading’s Omar Richards has signed a contract at Bayern Munich, say reports
- The 23-year-old’s contract comes to an end in June and he can leave for free
- Richards reportedly completed a medical at Bayern Munich while in England
- He will challenge Alphonso Davies and Lucas Hernandez for a left back spot
- Bayern are interested in Norwich’s Max Aarons but are reluctant to pay £35m
Reading defender Omar Richards will join Bayern Munich in the summer on a four year contract after passing a medical.
Sportsmail reported in January how the 23-year old full back, who is out of contract at the end of the season, had opened talks over agreeing a pre-contract with the European champions.
The left-back had his medical in the UK due to corona travel restrictions.
Reading defender Omar Richards has signed a four-year deal with Bayern Munich, say reports
Bayern also hold an interest in Norwich City right back Max Aarons but are reluctant to meet the Championship club’s £35m valuation.
Everton are interested in Aarons succeeding Seamus Coleman but will have to sell Burnley target Jonjoe Kenny first. Kenny is on loan at Celtic.
Manchester United, Barcelona and Roma also like Aarons but the asking price could prove prohibitive in the current climate.
The 23-year-old defender’s (left) contract expires in June and he will be able to move for free
Richards is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the Championship this season having impressed for the Royals in both a defence and a wide-midfield role. He will reportedly sign a four-year deal with Bayern.
Richards’ performances have been crucial in Reading’s Premier League promotion bid with the Berkshire side lying fifth in the table with 13 games left to play.
The Royals will be entitled to training compensation when his Reading contract comes to an end.
Richards (right) has reportedly completed a Bayern Munich medical in the UK recently
Richards will challenge Bayern left backs Lucas Hernandez (left) and Alphonso Davies (right)
Bayern are interested in Max Aarons but are reluctant to meet Norwich’s valuation of £35m
Richards will challenge Alphonso Davies for a spot on the left-side of the Bayern defence after the Canadian international made the position his own last season.
The 20-year-old played 43 times in Bayern’s treble-winning season last term and was named in the UEFA, FIFA and Champions League Team of the Seasons.
Lucas Hernandez is the other senior left back option at the club, with the 25-year-old Frenchman featuring 26 times for Bayern so far this season.
Richards made his Reading debut on the opening day of the 2017-18 season and has been a regular ever since.
The 23-year-old has made 92 appearances in all competitions for the Championship side, including 30 this season.