25-year-old Spain international Diego Costa has scored a sensational 34 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions for Atletico Madrid this term.
He has subsequently been linked with a blockbuster summer deal to join Chelsea.
Liverpool have the two top scorers in the league this term in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge but will likely want to bring in someone to add strength in depth, a quality replacement in case either one of them gets suspended or injured next term.
Fabio Borini will come back from his loan at Sunderland but it’s a big ask for such a young striker who lacks top-level experience and I would expect with the added Champions League games, Rodgers will bring in another forward but Costa’s arrival is unlikely to scare Suarez all that much.
Should the unthinkable happen and Real Madrid launch a mega-offer for the Uruguayan, Liverpool may even be advised to hijack the Costa deal as a replacement.
The Citizens already have Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic and I very much doubt manager Manuel Pellegrini will bring in another striker unless one of them goes out.
Dzeko would be the most likely to depart but he has been getting a decent run in the starting line up this season and has scored a lot of goals so I think he is more likely to stay on at the Etihad that previously suggested.
What Costa’s arrival at Stamford Bridge will most certainly mean is that City will want to add quality tot their backline. Captain Vincent Kompany is generally a world-class centre back but Martin Demichelis and Joleon Lescott are somewhat suspect and Matija Nastasic is still quite raw at 21 years of age. I think Costa’s arrival would only make a defensive signing even more of a priority for City.
Arsene Wenger needs a world-class centre-forward to compete with Olivier Giroud and there is no doubt about that. It’s the worst-kept secret in English football. Costa may well have even been on the Gunners boss’ wish list but I think knowing full well that Jose Mourinho’s Blues will be a huge force next season in the Premier League and the Champions League, he’ll want to ensure Arsenal are at least prepared to compete on the pitch.
To do that, they’ll likely need to compete in the transfer market. If Costa arrives at Stamford Bridge, I’d expect Arsenal to arm themselves suitably with a marquee signing to bolster their forward line.