Richards leaves for Fiorentina

Micah Richards has joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal.

Manchester City's longest-serving current player flew to Italy early on deadline day and City announced the deal shortly before the 11pm cut-off point.

The England defender was not part of Manuel Pellegrini's squad for the season and last featured in the Premier League in November last year.

He becomes the second Englishman to move to Serie A this summer following Ashley Cole's decision to join Roma.