Southampton are reportedly interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Chris Richards this summer and the United States international could be a superb addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.
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A number of Premier League sides, including Southampton, Crystal Palace and Leeds United, are reportedly interested in signing the 22-year-old this summer after an impressive loan spell with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
According to the journalist Ben Jacobs:
“Sources tell me Marsch [Leeds manager] Still considering USMNT defenseman Chris Richards, but nothing more at this time. Interest from Southampton and Palace as well as a number of Spanish clubs who are also considering a move.
Ralph would like it
Southampton’s transfer policy this summer is clear.
Gavin Bazunu, Romeo Lavia, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Mateusz Lis and Joe Aribo have all joined the club, the latter being the oldest at just 25.
Hasenhuttl is also looking to overhaul a defense that netted 67 Premier League goals last season, the fourth of any top-flight side.
A new goalkeeper and centre-back has already arrived at St Mary’s, and Richards could be another young defensive option capable of improving the Austrian’s backline.
The Bayern Munich man, who has also played at right-back and left-back in his career, has been limited to just ten senior appearances for the Bundesliga giants since signing from FC Dallas, but has made 21 appearances while on loan at Hoffenheim last season.
WhoScored suggests that Richards’ main strengths include aerial duels, passing and tackling, which is all you would expect from a modern centre-back.
The 22-year-old won praise from USA manager Gregg Berhalter, who said:
“Chris is one of our main defenders of the future. I really like his development. I find the cooperation between Bayern and USSF excellent. Together we try to develop a great player from a great talent.
Therefore, it seems clear that Richards has a bright future and given Hasenhuttl’s preference for developing young players, he would surely like to bring the American to St Mary’s this summer.
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