Diego Costa Is Perfect Transfer Target for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2013

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 1: Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid controls the ball during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Diego Costa is the perfect summer signing for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers in the light of the ongoing Luis Suarez saga. 

According to Andy Hunter of The GuardianRodgers is trying to turn the prospect into a reality, as the club has offered Atletico Madrid a £21.8 million bid for the striker. The offer is believed to trigger a release clause in the 24-year-old's contract. 

Bringing Costa into the fold is a brilliant move by the club for two primary reasons. 

First, and perhaps most important at this juncture, is that it has to help the club's chances of retaining Luis Suarez for the next season and beyond. 

Suarez's potential departure from the club has been the topic of the summer for the Reds. The 26-year-old star appears to be understanding of Liverpool's resistance to selling him at this point, according to Sky Sports, but the club has to prove that it can win at a high level if it wants to retain the striker for the long haul. 

Signing Costa shows that Liverpool are willing to spend to win. According to Dominic King of the Daily MailCosta's £21.8 million fee would be the fourth-highest in club history. Only Andy Carroll (£35m), Fernando Torres (£26m) and Luis Suarez (£22.8m) were more costly. 

Keeping up with the consistent powers of the Premier League like Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea means Liverpool must at least remain competitive with the budget. While making the right signings rather than the flashy ones goes a long way towards building a winner, the reality is that money buys wins. 

The second reason Costa is the perfect signing is his ability to replace Suarez if the club can't convince the Uruguayan to remain with the club. 

Even if Suarez is content right now, there's still plenty of time in the transfer window for him to change his mind. Rodgers would be wise to find a backup plan for the man that was second in the EPL in goals, and Costa fits the bill. 

At just 24 years old, he's entering the prime of his career. He scored 10 goals for Atletico Madrid last season. Considering Suarez scored just four goals when he was a 24-year-old at Liverpool, the potential is definitely there for him to develop into the veteran's equal.