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Micah Richards: 'Diego Costa would win Manchester City title'

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Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards believes that Diego Costa could be the man to fire Pep Guardiola's side to Premier League glory.
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Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards believes that Pep Guardiola should consider signing Diego Costa for the second half of the campaign.

The 32-year-old is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Atletico Madrid, and he has already lifted the Premier League title twice with Chelsea in 2015 and 2017.

Richards - a title-winner himself with Man City in 2012 and 2014 - believes that Costa could be the focal point that Guardiola's attack needs with Sergio Aguero out injured.

"Manchester City are already on a ridiculously good run of form but if they signed Diego Costa now, he would win them the Premier League - I am sure of it," Richards wrote for BBC Sport.

"Why not get him in until the end of the season? He would do more than just ruffle a few feathers and be a pain in the backside for opposition defences - he is a proven finisher who would offer Pep Guardiola's side a proper plan B.

"Yes, you would have to cover Costa's wages, but the massive difference he could make to City's season would make that worthwhile.

"I know Pep said last week that City are not signing anyone in this window, and that stance might be because of Financial Fair Play rules - City could be saving their money to go for one of the big boys in the summer, like Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland or Paris St-Germain's Kylian Mbappe, who are not available or affordable now.

"Of course those two would be top of anyone's list, but that kind of transfer can wait. I am talking about who they can bring in now, just for the next few months to give them that extra bit of firepower to get over the line, and Costa fits the bill."

Costa scored twice in seven appearances for Atletico in the first half of the season and was previously linked with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have since signed Willian Jose on loan from Real Sociedad. body check tags ::

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3Leicester CityLeicester26154745301549
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11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
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16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City26195252163662
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd26148453322150
3Leicester CityLeicester26154745301549
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
5Chelsea26128641251644
6Liverpool26127747341343
7Everton2412483733440
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs25116841271439
9Aston Villa24123938261239
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
13Crystal Palace2696112943-1433
14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2677121834-1628
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2632211543-2811
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