Pundit tells Man City to sign former Chelsea man to beat Man Utd to title

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Manchester City have been told they can help themselves to the Premier League title with a daring approach to sign a former Chelsea favourite.

City can reclaim top spot in the Premier League on Tuesday night with a win at relegation-threatened West Brom. With Manchester United also chasing a first league crown since 2013, it’s geared up for an exciting title race.

However, pundit Micah Richards believes City can give themselves a helping hand by bolstering their attacking options.

As such, he has urged them to secure the free-transfer signing of former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Costa is a free agent having had his Atletico Madrid contract terminated last month.

And Richards – himself a title winner with City in 2012 – believes the Spain striker would be an astute addition.

Richards told BBC Sport: “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.

“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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Costa can be City’s Cavani

Richards believes the signing of Costa by Pep Guardiola would offer them similar to what Edinson Cavani does at United.

“Cavani is 33 and very different to the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, but he brings them an extra dimension in attack that has already given them an edge at key moments in tight games,” Richards added.

“He is so clever with his movement, and how he occupies defenders. That means more space for others, and Costa would have the same effect.”

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