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DIEGO COSTA is reportedly wanted by Sao Paulo FC, the rivals of his boyhood club.

The striker, 32, left Atletico Madrid at the end of December to become a free agent.

2Diego Costa is a free transfer target for Sao Paulo in his hometown - despite supporting their rivals growing upCredit: Reuters

Now according to Sky Sports, Costa has been offered the chance to return to his hometown.

Sao Paulo hope to take advantage of his desire to finish his playing career in Brazil.

However, Costa grew up supporting Palmeiras - Sao Paulo's enemies across the city.

And Palmeiras are themselves in the hunt to sign the former Chelsea man.

They were believed to be leading that race - with many reports claiming Costa had signed a two-year deal worth around £2.6million.

But boss Abel Ferreira denied the rumours.

He said: "I guarantee that there is no negotiation with Diego Costa. None.

"I've already realised that any player who talks about the market is linked with Palmeiras.

"Players that come from Europe are always linked with Palmeiras."

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Saudi outfit Al Nassr offered Costa £5.2m to sign until the summer of 2022 but the report adds he turned down a move to the Middle East because he wanted £6.9m instead.

Since his departure from the LaLiga leaders, the forward has also had approaches from Turkey, Qatar as well as Premier League outfit Wolves.

Costa struggled during his third spell at Atletico Madrid, scoring just 19 goals in 81 games.

The 24-cap Spain international endured an injury-hit season and fell behind Luis Suarez and Joao Felix in Diego Simeone's pecking order.

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Khashoggi's Fiancee Criticises Lack of Action Against Saudi Crown Prince

By Ali Kucukgocmen

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Thursday that world leaders should not maintain relations with a "murderer", after a U.S. intelligence report implicated Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler in his killing.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018. Turkish officials believe his body was dismembered and removed. His remains have not been found.

A U.S. intelligence report released last Friday said Prince Mohammed had approved the operation to kill or capture Khashoggi in Oct. 2018. The Saudi government has denied any involvement by the crown prince and rejected the report's findings.

While Washington imposed sanctions on some of those involved, it spared the crown prince himself.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee who was waiting outside the consulate when he entered to retrieve documents for their upcoming marriage, said the report was "a very huge and important step" in the path to justice, but must be acted on.

"That it was said there would be no sanctions against the person who gave the order for the crime to be committed created a strange dilemma in everyone's minds. But this could change in the coming days," she told Reuters in an interview.

"The process of seeking justice is a long process, sometimes it is not easy."

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Cengiz was speaking after a court session of the trial in absentia of 26 Saudi officials over Khashoggi's killing, in which lawyer Ali Ceylan asked that the U.S. report be added to the case file.

The judge said Ceylan should file the request through the prosecutor and Cengiz, who is named as a complainant in the case, said they would apply for Prince Mohammed to be added as a defendant.

The court heard Edip Yilmaz, a driver for the Saudi consulate, say that on the day of the killing he was told by the head of security that for 20 minutes he should not leave a consulate basement room where he usually spent his time.

In September, a Saudi court jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years over the killing, in a trial that critics said lacked transparency. None of the defendants was named.

Tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's killing have led to an informal Saudi boycott of Turkish goods. Official data shows that Turkish exports to Saudi Arabia have fallen by more than 90%.

Cengiz said she believed justice would be served eventually.

"Those in power need to take action," she said. "Otherwise they will build their policies in the short to medium term based on a relation with someone who is proved to be a murderer."

(Editing by Dominic Evans and Gareth Jones)

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