City urged to sign former Chelsea star

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Manchester City have been urged to sign free-agent Diego Costa in a bid to boost the club's pursuit of the Premier League title. 

Costa, who boasts 52 Premier League goals to his name from a previous spell with Chelsea, is currently without a club after the Spain international parted ways with Atletico Madrid at the start of the month.

The 32-year-old has not been short of suitors since becoming available on the market and former City defender Micah Richards believes his old club should be leading the race to sign the combative striker.

"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 told BBC Sport.

"Costa is 32 and I am not suggesting he is a long-term solution for City up-front, but the former Chelsea striker is a free agent after ending his Atletico Madrid contract in December, and can sign for anyone for nothing.

"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..."

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