Reading star Omar Richards will join Bayern Munich on a four-year deal this summer after he passed a medical for the German giants (the medical took place in England due to Covid restrictions). The deal concludes three months of negotiations. It’s a huge move for a player who has shone in the Championship this season.
Richards, 23, can play as a left-back behind Alphonso Davies, or in a more advanced position on the left of midfield, and it’s this versatility which was part of his appeal to Bayern. He’s fast and athletic, but these qualities are pretty much prerequisites for full-backs in modern football at elite level.
Several Premier League clubs also had him on their radar but the Bundesliga is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for English players – there’s no doubt Richards, who was born in Lewisham, will have seen how well the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala are doing in Germany.