Liverpool should break the bank for Diego Costa argues Harry Redknapp.
Liverpool are well positioned for a serious run at a top four place, leading many to consider now is the time to gamble, rather than wait for the summer to spend.
One pundit certainly of that school of thought is Harry Redknapp, who argues the club should go all out to sign Diego Costa this January.
Writing in his Sun on Sunday column, he comments: "Brendan Rodgers was definitely on the right track when he was looking for another striker last summer and was linked with Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.
"Costa is a quality player and his price tag has probably gone through the roof over the past six months, but if buying him meant Champions League football for the first time in five years, here's the cheque."
Costa is widely reported to have a release clause in his contract at €38 million leaving Liverpool to know exactly where they stand if they want to buy.
Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked, but there is a big hole in Redknapp's argument, which is that Costa would have to walk away from a Champions League run right now to join - with Atletico into the last 16 as group winners.
Redknapp has two further recommendations: "Brendan may be tempted back to Swansea for Michu who would suit the Reds' style. Swans defender Ashley Williams could also slot in well at Anfield."
Michu certainly would be a clever addition, but not one Liverpool should really consider because he is wildly overpriced by his club chairman who has consistently stated the Spaniard is worth £30 million plus.
Ashley Williams has been linked several times before but we would also imagine this to be a no-go, with the Reds recently signing Mamadou Sakho in defence.
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