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Trump’s funding request for U.S. border wall hits snag among some Republicans

WASHINGTON ( ) – President Donald Trump’s call for $1.5 billion this year to help build a wall along the border with Mexico could be in jeopardy as fellow Republicans in Congress weigh delaying a decision on the request.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt, a member of his party’s leadership, told reporters on Tuesday that money for the wall likely would not be coupled with a spending bill that must pass by April 28 to avoid shutting down federal agencies whose funding expires then.

Blunt said the must-do funding “comes together better” without Trump’s additional request for the border wall and military programs and could be considered “at a later time.”

Democrats are threatening to block the bill funding federal agencies from April 29 to Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year, if money for the border 上海夜网wall is included.

They object to one of Trump’s premier 2016 campaign promises, saying it is poorly planned and that there are other border security measures already constructed or under consideration.

When he ran for president, Trump pledged Mexico would pay to build the wall, designed to keep illegal immigrants and drugs from entering the United States. The Mexican government has said it will not do so.

The initiative has also faced resistance among Republicans, including lawmakers representing some border towns. The federal government would have to purchase land in many locations in order to construct the edifice, which could make construction costs soar.

reported the wall could end up costing as much as $21.6 billion, far more than the $12 billion Trump cited.

Representative Mario Diaz-Balart also expressed skepticism about Congress’ ability to approve funds for the wall, given the super-majority vote needed in the Senate for most major legislation.

Asked about the wall, Diaz-Balart, a senior member of the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee and a leading voice on immigration policy, said: “I’m always willing to look at other things we can do to try to get that 60-vote threshold” on border and interior security.

Lawmakers said progress was being made on legislation to keep the government running beyond April 28.

House Speaker Paul Ryan removed another potential land mine on Tuesday when he said a Republican drive to end federal funding for women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood would be best accomplished on legislation other than the upcoming funding bill.

Democrats have vowed to stop the must-do money bill if it ended Planned Parenthood’s federal funds.

Uber chief executive laments U.S. trade policy for lackluster IPO

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK ( ) – Uber Technologies Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said on Tuesday the company’s initial public offering last month was hurt by U.S. trade tensions even as he downplayed recent volatility in the stock price.

The comments from Khosrowshahi continue the fallout from Uber’s IPO, which was the most anticipated U.S. listing since Facebook Inc seven years ago but has struggled since going public.

Uber priced shares in its IPO toward the bottom of its target range at $45 and the stock ended its first day of trading on May 10 down 7.6% at $41.57, even as the S&P 500 reversed losses to end in positive territory.

“The timing of our IPO was very much aligned with our president’s tariff wars, the same day,” Khosrowshahi said at an event at the Economic Club of Washington. “So I think we got caught up a bit in the market swirl. And there’s nothing you can do about that.”

Uber shares fell as low as $36.08 but have since rebounded and were trading at $42.21 on Tuesday, down 0.9% on the day.

Employees “have a six-month lockup so nobody in the company cares anyway what the stock prices is now – it’s a bunch of traders,” said Khosrowshahi. “It doesn’t really affect us… We work on building a great enterprise – the market will take care of itself,” he added.

Khosrowshahi addressed the announcement last week of the planned departure of its chief operating officer (COO) and chief marketing officer and he said he will not replace the COO as he organizes Uber “in a bit more of a business unit basis.”

He added they were “tough changes but I think are absolutely the right changes for the next three to five years.”

Khosrowshahi also has the option to buy potentially hundreds of thousands of shares in the ride-hailing fir上海夜生活m at a price well below where the company went public, according to a regulatory filing for Uber’s IPO.

The options highlight how Khosrowshahi is at least partially protected from price swings in Uber’s stock.

Khosrowshahi has options on 750,000 Uber shares that vest gradually and can be exercised at $33.65 per share.

Uber first granted the options on Sept. 5, 2017 with an exercise price of $41.65 per share but this was changed on May 8, 2018, according to the filing. The details were reported earlier on Tuesday by The Information.

An Uber spokesman said the repricing of Khosrowshahi’s option grants was made to shorten the timeline over which they were granted to seven years from 10 years in conjunction with a bonus plan dependent on the company being acquired for or trading at $120 billion. Uber went public at a valuation of $82.4 billion..

There was no material change in the grant’s total value, according to the company’s filing.

“I believe in performance-based pay,” Khosrowshahi said Tuesday when asked about his compensation. “If I do very well for shareholders … that’s a circumstance where I want to be rewarded.”

Khosrowshahi joined Uber in 2017 to replace company co-founder Travis Kalanick who was ousted as CEO.

He was tasked with getting the company ready for its IPO, and convincing investors that he had successfully changed Uber’s culture and business practices after a series of embarrassing scandals over the last two years.

Democrats face uphill fight if Trump gets second U.S. high court pick

WASHINGTON ( ) – If Democrats thought it was hard to stop President Donald Trump’s first U.S. Supreme Court nominee, it promises to be even tougher for them if he gets to fill another vacancy, potentially to replace the most influential justice, Anthony Kennedy.

Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sides with the court’s liberals in key cases such as on gay rights and abortion, is one of three justices 78 or older. Justice Stephen Breyer is 78 and fellow liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84.

Former Kennedy Supreme Court clerks said the justice, who turns 81 in July上海夜网, may be pondering retirement either this year or in 2018.

That would give Trump a further chance to shape the court after his first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, was sworn in on Monday for the lifetime job to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia after overcoming fierce Democratic opposition in the Senate confirmation process.

Kennedy administered Gorsuch’s judicial oath at a White House ceremony, and Trump heaped praise on a justice who has spent nearly three decades on America’s top court, calling him “a great man of outstanding accomplishment.”

Gorsuch is one of Kennedy former clerks. Kennedy is planning a reunion of his clerks in June rather than next year as had been expected. Kennedy, through a court spokesman, declined to comment on his plans.

The implications for the court if Kennedy were to step down are enormous. For the past decade he been its swing vote in major cases. Gorsuch’s confirmation restored the court’s 5-4 conservative majority. If whenever Kennedy leaves the bench he is replaced by a stalwart conservative, that would move the court further to the right.

Republicans possess a 52-48 majority in the Senate. In order to secure Gorsuch’s confirmation, they voted to prohibit a procedural roadblock called a filibuster that had required a super-majority of 60 votes to allow a confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominees, leaving the minority Democrats with little ammunition for the next nomination fight.

“I think it will be very hard for Democrats to get much traction to derail a future Trump nominee without the threat of a filibuster,” George Washington University political scientist Sarah Binder said.

But Democrats and Republicans still are predicting a fierce fight over the next court vacancy.

‘I EXPECT ARMAGEDDON ‘

“For the life of me I don’t understand why the Democrats made such a fuss about this one. They look stupid,” Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said last week of Gorsuch’s nomination. “I expect Armageddon on the next one because that’s going to change, assuming Trump gets another one, the direction of the court. It would certainly keep the court in a more conservative mode for a long time.”

A Democratic congressional aide added, “The opposition to Gorsuch could look weak compared to what a similarly conservative nominee would face, if it would tip the balance on the court.”

Kennedy is the longest-serving of the nine justices. He was nominated by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and confirmed by the Senate in 1988 after Democrats thwarted Reagan’s first choice, outspoken conservative Robert Bork, and his second pick, Douglas Ginsburg, withdrew from consideration.

Although he has sided with his conservative colleagues on many issues, Kennedy has supported liberal causes such as gay rights, culminating in writing the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

He also joined the liberals in upholding abortion rights. In 2016, Kennedy joined the court’s four liberal justices in a ruling striking down a Texas abortion law imposing strict regulations on doctors and facilities in the strongest endorsement of U.S. abortion rights in more than two decades.

He also authored a 2016 ruling upholding the consideration of race in college admissions, joined by the court’s liberals.

University of Georgia School of Law professor Lori Ringhand said Republicans may be wary of defending an extremely conservative court nominee with the midterm congressional elections coming up in 2018, if another vacancy arises.

“It’s not clear it would be to the electoral advantage to Republicans to have a hotly contested Supreme Court nomination right before the midterms that highlighted a nominee’s extremely conservative positions on social issues that the majority of the public have actually accepted,” Ringhand said.

House reauthorizes Iran sanctions bill, sets Syria sanctions

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. lawmakers passed bills on Tuesday renewing sanctions on Iran for 10 years and imposing new sanctions on Syria, underscoring their determination to play a strong role in Middle East policy no matter who occupies the White House.

The House of Representatives voted 419 to one for a 10-year reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act, or ISA, a law first adopted in 1996 to punish investments in Iran’s energy industry and deter Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

The House also passed by voice vote a bill that would sanction the government of Syria, and supporters including Russia and Iran, for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Iran measure will expire at the end of 2016 if it is not renewed. It must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama in order to become law.

The Obama administration and other world powers reached an agreement last year in which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

But lawmakers said they wanted the ISA to stay in effect to send a strong message that the United States will respond to provocations by Iran and give any U.S. president the ability to quickly reinstate sanctions if Tehran violated the nuclear agreement.

“Even after a hard-fought election here at home and power changing hands, American leadership on the global stage won’t falter,” said Representative Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a bill sponsor.

Republican Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the bill’s lead sponsor, called the ISA “a critical tool.”

“Its expiration would compound the damage done by the pre上海夜生活网sident’s dangerous nuclear deal and send a message that the United States will no longer oppose the destructive role of Iran in the Middle East,” said Royce.

The vote took place one week after Republican Donald Trump was elected U.S. president. Congressional Republicans unanimously opposed the nuclear deal, along with about two dozen Democrats, and Trump has also strongly criticized it.

Lawmakers from both parties said they hoped bipartisan support for a tough line against Iran would continue under the new president.

There was no immediate word from Senate leaders on when the ISA and the Syria measure might be taken up in that chamber.

Many Senate Democrats favor a “clean” renewal of the ISA, like the one that passed in the House. But other lawmakers have pushed to add new sanctions such as some specifically targeting Iran’s ballistic missile tests.

MONEY MARKETS-U.S.-China trade war lifts bets on U.S. rate cut

(Adds graphic, Fed’s Rosengren comments in interview)

By Richard Leong

NEW YORK, May 13 ( ) – Interest rate traders increased their bets the U.S. Federal Reserve would lower interest rates by year-end to counter a domestic economic slowdown stemming from an escalation in the trade war between China and the United States.

The expectations of a rate decrease in December returned to the highest levels that were seen in March after Fed policy-makers signaled they would not raise rates in 2019.

On Monday, Beijing said it planned to set import tariffs ranging from 5% to 25% on 5,140 U.S. products on a revised $60-billion target list. It said the tariffs would take effect on June 1.

China’s retaliatory measure followed Washington’s tariff increase on $200 billion of Chinese imports on Friday as talks between the world’s biggest economies unexpectedly broke down. U.S. President Donald Trump has said the Chinese government backtracked on commitments it made during months of negotiations.

Analysts worry the tension between the two parties will spiral into a trade war that would harm the global economy.

“If growth concerns were coupled with a major correction in equity markets the Fed would certainly be pushed closer to cutting interest rates,” Andrew Hollenhorst, chief U.S. economist with Citigroup, wrote in a research note.

Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren told on Monday that the Fed would be able to respond to any slowdown from the U.S.-China trade dispute.

“If the impact of the tariffs – and whatever financial market reaction to those tariffs is – causes more of a slowdown, then we do have the tools available to us, including lower interest rates, not that I’m necessarily expecting this will generate the need to do that,” said Rosengren, who is a voter on the Fed’s rate-setting committee this year.

At 3:44 p.m. (1944 GMT), federal funds futures implied traders saw about a 74% chance the U.S. central bank would lower the target range on short-term rates by a quarter point to 2.00%-2.25% at its Dec. 10-11 policy meeting. This compared with a 64% implied likelihood late on Friday, according to CME Group’s FedWatch program.

A month ago, futures 上海夜生活网prices suggested traders saw a 40% likelihood of a quarter-point rate decrease.

Ardian close to buying Cerberus-owned wind farms in Spain: sources

MADRID ( ) – French investment fund Ardian is close to buying wind farms from Spanish renewables group Renovalia in a 550 million euro ($617.87 million) deal, two sources with knowledge of the deal said, marking a move into green energy where buyer interest is hotting up.

Renovalia has been owned by U.S. private equity fund Cerberus since 2015. Among the assets covered by the deal is Renovalia Reserve, a joint venture between Renovalia and BlackRock, according to one of the sources.

Santander is advising on the sale process, the source said.

Cerberus, Renovalia, Ardian and BlackRock declined to comment.

The deal上海夜生活网 shows renewed investor interest in green energy assets now the threat of subsidy cuts that scared investors away from Spanish renewable assets in 2013 has faded. Also, the cost of wind and solar technology has fallen and governments and companies have stepped up efforts to cut carbon emissions.

Ardian aims to put to work some of a 6 billion-euro ($6.74 billion) fund for investments in Europe with the acquisition of Renovalia’s 420-megawatt portfolio.

Renovalia has 1,484 MW wind and solar assets around the world, including 512 MW under development.

After Spain, Renovalia’s biggest market is Mexico, where it manages 662 MW. It is currently discussing selling this business to Jenner Renewables, a power producer managed by Denham Capital and headed by former Gamesa chairman Jorge Calvet, one of the sources said.

A spokesman for Denham Capital declined to comment.

Renovalia also operates in Hungary, Italy, Canada and Chile.

Other foreign firms moving into the sector in Spain include asset manager Capital Dynamics, whose British arm said on May 1 it had bought around quarter of a 300 MW Israeli-owned solar plant near the Portuguese border, in a deal that valued the plant at about 33 million euros.

Last week, British investment manager Foresight bought a 50-MW plant, with 150,000 solar panels, some 280 kilometers (173.98 miles) further south, near the port city of Huelva.

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Sterling stalls ahead of vote to delay Brexit; dollar ticks up

NEW YORK ( ) – The U.S. dollar gained on Thursday for the first time in a week, albeit modestly, as the pound stalled at lower levels ahead of a vote to extend Britain’s March 29 deadline for exiting the European Union.

The pound was down 0.54 percent at $1.3266 in afternoon American trade as Prime Minister Theresa May piled pressure on rebel lawmakers on Thursday to back her battered European Union divorce deal as parliament prepared to vote on seeking a delay to Britain’s departure that could ultimately derail the process.

A day earlier, the British currency soared nearly 2 percent and reached nine-month highs after lawmakers voted against a potentially 上海夜生活论坛disorderly “no-deal” departure from the EU.

Analysts cautioned against putting large positions on sterling due to lingering uncertainty about Brexit.

“With the uncertainty around (Brexit), it’s not a time … to take sizeable positions. The risk/reward still favors waiting for some clarity,” said Charles Tomes, senior investment analyst at Manulife Asset Management.

The dollar index, a gauge of its strength against six other major currencies, was up 0.22 percent at 96.757. It had fallen overnight, at one point brushing a nine-day trough of 96.385.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased more than expected last week, suggesting the labor market was slowing, but probably not to the extent implied by a near-stall in job growth in February.

Other U.S. data showed import prices in February rose by the most in nine months. Still, the inflation trend remained weak as import prices dropped on a year-on-year basis for a third straight month. The data remained supportive of the Federal Reserve’s pledge to be “patient” before raising interest rates.

“In the foreign exchange market overall there’s not a lot of conviction” at the moment, said Tomes. “Volatility is low and people don’t want to put on sizeable positions either way.”

The Australian dollar AUD= fell to its lowest in three days after reports that China and the United States had delayed a meeting to end their trade war. The meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping will not occur this month and is more likely to happen in April at the earliest, Bloomberg reported. It was last at $0.7061, down 0.54 percent on the day.

Investors are worried that any escalation in the trade conflict will pummel export-oriented economies like Australia, whose biggest trading partner is China. The yuan was relatively stable in the offshore market, down 0.31 percent at 6.7230.

Goldman Sachs sets targets for Hispanic and black entry-level hires

( ) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc is setting targets for hiring minority groups for the first time as it ramps up efforts to diversify its workforce, according to a memo sent by top executives to employees on Monday.

The Wall Street bank, which last year said it wanted women to make up half of its entry-level workforce, now is aiming to ensure that 14 percent of new analysts and associates in the Americas are Hispanic or Latino and 11 percent of them black, according to the memo, which was seen by .

In Britain,上海夜生活 Goldman Sachs wants 9 percent of its entry-level workforce to be black.

The bank, whose senior executives are primarily white and male, did not set targets for more experienced employees, but is now requiring businesses to interview at least two qualified diverse candidates for each open position.

Goldman Sachs said in the memo it is “nearly there” with the targets it announced last year for campus hiring, and is exploring ways to increase the portion of staff who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, disabled or veterans.

David Solomon, who took over as chief executive of the bank in October, has been vocal about increasing diversity. He and two deputies sent the staff-wide memo ahead of disclosures on its gender pay gap that are required in Britain.

Last year, Goldman Sachs reported a mean gender pay gap in Britain for its international business of 55.5 percent and a mean bonus gap for the unit of 72.2 percent. Other companies, including HSBC Plc, fared worse.

Goldman Sachs is not alone on Wall Street in its diversity and gender equality campaign. Citigroup Inc has also set goals to have half its global staff to be women, and 30 percent of its staff to be black and Hispanic or Latino in the United States.

Trump defend Obama? ‘I don’t think so!’

WASHINGTON ( ) – Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said on Saturday it was not his job to stand up for U.S. President Barack Obama after a man at one of his campaign events said he was a Muslim and “not even an American.”

“Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!” Trump said on Twitter.

Trump drew criticism on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals in the 2016 race for the presidency when he failed to challenge a man at a New Hampshire town hall Thursday night who said Muslims were a problem in the United States.

“We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American,” the man said.

Trump, the billionaire television personality who leads the pack of Republicans seeking the presidential nomination, has cast doubt on whether Obama was born in the United States and therefore qualified to stand as president.

“This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something,” Trump tweeted. “If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance!”

Obama is a Christian who as president has attended church occasionally.

Later on Saturday, Trump read out the tweets to audience applause at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines.

Trump rattled the Republican establishment with a summer surge to the top of the polls, overshadowing expected favorite Jeb Bush, the son and brother of two U.S. presidents. An unremarkable showing at Wednesday night’s Republican debate, where the frontrunner drew attacks from his many rivals, had some observers wondering if Trump frenzy is finally on the wane.

Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, described as divisive even by members of his own party, has tapped into a vein of anger among like-minded supporters.

PARALLELS TO 2008

In August, two Boston brothers charged with urinating and beating a homeless Mexican man told police they were inspired by Trump. “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.” the said, according a police report.

On Monday, opponents and supporters clashed outside a rally for Trump. Protesters, many of them Hispanic, shouted “shame on you,” while some Trump fans retorted, “Keep them out!”

The tenor of the campaign has drawn parallels to the 2008 rallies by Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, that drew virulent anti-Obama rhetoric including shouts of “terrorist” or “traitor.”

McCain eventually had to confront the issue at an October campaign rally where a woman called Obama an Arab. He stopped her and called Obama a decent family man.

In Des Moines, Trump referred to the incident, saying “McCain just ripped that microphone from that woman’s hands… I thought it was a little harsh.”

David Axelrod, former White House adviser and Obama campaign strategist, said: “I think a lot of the people who are supporting Donald Trump are the same people who showed up at those Sarah Palin rallies at the end of the 2008 campaign.”

“We know that there is this cohort out there who believe that we are being encroached on by illegal aliens, Muslims, China and Trump has tapped into that constituency,” he said on CNN.

Far from trying to tamp down the controversy, Trump appeared to reach for more in his tweets Saturday, implying that Christians have suffered under Obama.

“Christians need support in our country (and around the world), the上海夜生活论坛ir religious liberty is at stake! Obama has been horrible, I will be great,” Trump said.

For more on the 2016 presidential race, see the blog, “Tales from the Trail” (here).

Tottenham made a mistake by selling Walker

Jamie Redknapp couldn’t understand Tottenham’s decision to sell Kyle Walker to Manchester City and he claims that it was “a huge mistake” which just showed that Tottenham is “still a small club”.

Spurs have been struggling this season so far as they are, basically said, out from the title race and Jamie Redknapp thinks that the decision not to raise Walker’s salary showed that Tottenham still has got a “small-club上海夜网 mentality”. He also warned the club that the other players might have similar thoughts as Walker and they will probably want to leave as well.

The former Spurs man spoke about the situation in his old club as he said, according to Sky Sports: “Letting Kyle Walker go in the summer looks like a huge mistake. I thought it was good business at the time but now what it’s has done is set a precedent in the dressing room. It looks to me that the players know what the going rate is.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He continued by adding that there could be a problem with the other players: “Toby Alderweireld is one of the best centre-backs in the world – why has he not signed? Go and give him whatever he deserves. Tottenham have got players anyone in the world would want, but things can quickly slip through your fingers. Once one leaves, then another one. It gives every player an out. They’ve still got a small club mentality there. It’s not changed since I was there.”

Jamie Redknapp, in the end, claimed that he understands that thinking: “These players are well aware of what the going rate is. It’s about going into the England dressing room and seeing a player that plays in your position, knowing he’s getting two or three times what you’re getting a week. It shouldn’t be like that.”

Conte is too clever to take the AC Milan job

The former Inter chairman, Massimo Moratti, is certain that Antonio Conte won’t be a new coach of AC Milan as he is “too smart” to take this job and he will more likely remain at Chelsea.

Antonio Conte has mentioned several times before that he would like to return to Italy at some point in his career but Moratti thinks that AC Milan won’t be the right destination. The Rossoneri have been struggling so far and they are currently looking for a new coach as Genaro Gattuso is considered to be a mostly temporary replacement.

The ex-chairman of Inter spoke about this situation a上海夜生活网s he said, according to Goal: “He is a great manager, the only difference with [Luciano] Spalletti is that Spalletti has yet to win a Serie A title, Conte has already won league titles in Italy and in England. If he’d joined Inter and failed it would have been Inter’s fault. A move to AC Milan? No, I don’t think so, he is a smart guy.”Italian football to pay respects to Sassuolo owner Squinzi George Patchias – Sassuolo owner Giorgio Squinzi has died at the age of 76, and a minute’s silence will be observed across Italian football this weekend as…

He also spoke about Inter’s current coach, Luciano Spaletti: “I’d never give him advice. I’ve explained to him the mentality of an interista fan, but he already knew it. I also wanted to hire him but I never managed to in the past. We were very close after the treble but he chose Zenit instead. He can read the players’ mind just like Mourinho. Players like Ranocchia, Santon and Brozovic are reborn.”

In the end, Marotti also mentioned the fact that Ivan Perisic decided to stay with Inter Milan and to refuse Manchester United: “He is so strong, he has strength and quality. I don’t see better wingers in Europe right now but he needs to have consistency. Spalletti was very important for him because he blocked his exit last summer.”

One less headache for Zidane

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been unfortunate with continuous injuries and suspensions among his defenders this season, but he has received some good news ahead of their game against Sevilla

Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal will both miss Los Blancos’ game on Saturday against Sevilla due to suspensions, whereas centre-back Raphael Varane will be out with an injury as well. In addition, Jesus Vallejo picked up a muscular issue earlier, and was not sure whether the French manager can count on him either.

However, as it turns out Zidane can include Vallejo in Madrid’s squad during the weekend, as the defender has been able to recover from his injury in time, saving some hours of headache for his manager.

According to MARCA, early on Friday morning the forecast didn’t look so great, but he was ultim上海夜生活ately able to join the table for training and Zidane confirmed he’d be available during the coach’s press conference.Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

As a result, the 20-year-old defender will most likely start the game along with Nacho in the centre of the defense, which will be Vallejo’s fourth game this season, but maybe the most important one yet.

The youngster’s career hasn’t been easy and simple so far in the Spanish capital, as he hasn’t played a whole lot due to injuries, and naturally finding himself low in the pecking order with stars like Varane and Ramos ahead of him. If that’s not enough, Vallejo has also picked up a suspension in the first leg of their Copa del Rey game against Fuenlabrada.

This weekend, with a space in the lineup with his name on it, it seemed he’d have to forfeit an opportunity once again, but in the end Vallejo will come to the rescue, MARCA continues.

After all the unfortunate happenings, Zidane will get a break to at least start two natural centre-backs on Saturday.

Mourinho in the stands for Austria – Serbia

Jose Mourinho was spotted in the stands of the Ernst Happel Stadion for the World Cup Qualifying match between Austria and Serbia.

The English press has speculated about the Portuguese manager’s presence in Austria and initially wrote that ‘The Special One‘ was there to watch one of Sergei Milinkovic-Savic, Andrija Zivkovic, David Alaba or Dusan Tadic.

But now it has been revealed by The Mirror that the real target of Mourinho was Mijat Gacinovic, the Serbian midfielder of Eintracht Frankfurt. Mourinho was probably alerted about the talents of Gacinovic by Nemanja Matic and decided to go watch for himself if the 22-year-old is suitable for Manchester United.Report: If not Italy then where for Mourinho George Patchias – Jose Mourinho all but rules out Serie A return because of his relationship with Inter Milan.Mourinho has been without a job in football management…

Mijat Gacinovic is considered one of the best talents in Bundesliga. He has attracted a lot of attention recently, after the two goals he scored for Serbia in the World Cup Qualifiers ag上海夜生活论坛ainst Moldova and Georgia.

Gacinovic signed for Eintracht Frankfurt two years ago, when the Germans paid €1,25m to FK Vojvodina Novi Sad. The 22-year-old recently signed a new contract with Eintracht, keeping him in Frankfurt until 2021. He can operate both in the central midfield line and on the wing and his current market value is €3,5m according to Transfermarkt.

Reus desperate to stay fit

The Borussia Dortmund star is still on the recovery path to full fitness following a serious knee injury.

Marco Reus is certainly one of the most misfortunate footballers when it comes to health. The forward has had his career completely plagued with injuries and he insists he would gladly give up all of his wealth if that would make his career injury free in the future.

The 28-year-old spent a serious amount of time on the sidelines only to return and tear his cruciate ligament, which will force him off the pitch until the early part of 2018.

Reus has revealed that it has been really difficult to keep a positive attitude after all those injuries, insisting that his girlfriend has been the most important person, who has helped him with his recovery and keeping the right state of mind.Report: Hakimi brace gets the victory for Dortmund George Patchias – Achraf Hakimi scored a goal in either half to secure the victory for Borussia Dortmund.After a draw in the opening game of the Champions…

“The tears came again two or three days later when I went through it again in my mind,” he told GQ

“To be alone, working your way back is the most demanding par上海夜生活网t. I was really fed up after three weeks. It’s a brutal mental test because you always have to work on your own.

“As top players, we earn a lot of money, but sometimes we pay a hefty price with our health. I would give away all the money to be healthy again, to be able to do my job. To do what I love: to play football.”

Manchester United holds Liverpool and remains unbeaten

Even though the Reds from Anfield dominated the game for the most part, the Red Devils clinched a 0-0 draw.

The 199th edition of one of the greatest derbies in English football between Liverpool and Manchester United showed no winner. This was the first game of the Merseyside clu上海夜生活论坛b in front of their new “Kenny Dalglish Stand” and to the disappointment of all the home fans, Klopp’s team could not find the back of the net.

Liverpool’s starting XI.

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The game started as expected with Liverpool dominating and taking the initiative from early on. United were defending deep and playing on the counter-attack, but many were surprised to see Mourinho’s team letting Liverpool take complete control over the game. Despite being disciplined and well-positioned in the back, the Red Devils were lucky to not conceive a goal after a beautiful cross by Firmino who passed it to Matip, but the defender’s effort was brilliantly saved by David de Gea. The ball went straight to Salah, but the Egypt international shot the ball wide on the follow up, wasting the Reds’ best chance to score in the first half. United’s only good chance to score a goal during the first half came after a combination between Lukaku and Martial, which left the Red Devils No. 9 in a great position as he forced a great save by his fellow countryman Mignolet. In fact, this was the only shot on target by Mourinho’s side for the first half.

The second half was no different from the first one. Klopp’s men were trying their best to find a goal, while United were comfortable playing on the back. The home team struggled to create a good chance due to United’s organized defense. However, in the 57th minute Emre Can had a great opportunity to open the score after a chip ball from Gomez, but the midfielder sent the ball over the crossbar from only a few meters away from the goal. Liverpool kept pushing until the last minute, but Mourinho’s side managed to fend off their attempts, sealing a hard fought point an remaining on top of the table as of now.

Manchester City, who are playing later today, have the chance to become the leaders of the table as they take on Stoke City at home today.

You can find live commentary and full statistics of the game below.

Barcelona ready to pay huge sign-on fee for Messi

The Catalans want to make sure that their star man will sign a new deal with the club and are prepared to pay him a huge amount.

Besides the €550k/week wages that Barcelona are proposing to Messi, they are also ready to pay a €90m bonus to the Argentinian for the signing of a new deal, according to Daily Mail. This would be a record breaking signing-on fee.

Barcelona are thought to be lookin上海夜生活网g to sell the naming rights of their stadium, Camp Nou, which is set to undergo major renovations. The Catalans are looking to rename the stadium as early as next season, hoping that the funds attracted will help ease the burden of the wages. Reports suggest that Barcelona would be looking to raise around €200m for selling the naming rights of the stadium for the next 25 years.Pique sends a warning message to the board after Barcelona scrape the win against… Nedim Maric – The turmoil at the beginning of the season caused a lot of concerns at Barcelona.Shaky start of the season for Barca saw them get…

In a report published by L’Ara, it was claimed that Barcelona’s current wage expenditure of €450m represents a staggering 84% of the total revenue of the club.

In addition to the naming rights, Barcelona would also like to make use of their situation with the kit supplier. Nike are set to make the Catalans a new offer to extend the current deal and a new agreement could be announced next year.

With Barcelona having achieved direct qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia, Messi’s schedule will now allow space for a potential official announcement about his new deal with the Catalans.

Arrigo Sacchi: Insigne “the perfect replacement” for Neymar

Arrigo Sacchi has given his opinion on who would have been the perfect replacement for Neymar at Barcelona and the former Italy manager indicated Lorenzo Insigne.

Barcelona have lost Neymar to PSG this summer, after the Parisians paid his release clause. The transfer took the Catalans by surprise and ever sine then, they tried to find the perfect replacement for the Brazilian.

Ousmane Dembele was brought in to Camp Nou eventually, after long negotiations led Barcelona to pay an initial €105m for the French forward. Bur Arrigo Sacchi feels another player on Barcelona’s shortlist would have been a more suitable replacement for Neymar.Opinion: The上海夜生活论坛 problem isn’t Phil Coutinho, it’s Barcelona Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Now that we are getting to see Phil Coutinho’s best version at Bayern Munich, we can conclude that the problem is FC Barcelona.FC Barcelona…

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Sacchi said: “Lorenzo Insigne would’ve been the perfect replacement for Neymar at Barcelona. He’s the greatest Italian talent in 10 years.

I don’t think Barcelona are up to the same standard as Real Madrid. Having lost Neymar, Insigne would’ve been the perfect replacement. He is the greatest Italian talent in 10 years and has some genial intuition.”

Sacchi continued, pointing some of the flaws in Insigne’s game: “He just needs to avoid being ‘sneaky’ when he isn’t in the mood to run. When Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik block the midfielders who can only go via the right-back, he looks back and tries to make preventative blocks instead of trying to snatch the ball. It’s a shame, because tactically he really is wonderful.”

Mbapp\u00e9 revelas he advised Demb\u00e9l\u00e9 to join Barcelona

The Paris Saint-Germain forward believed that Ousmane Dembélé should play alongside Messi.

Kylian Mbappé has revealed that he advised his fellow countryman to leave Borussia Dortmund to join the Catalans. The 20-year-old winger completed a switch from the German Bundesliga to the Spanish La Liga this summer in an initial €105m transfer, which could rise a further €42m based on bonuses.

Mbappé has now stated that he played an active role when it came to convincing Dembélé to take the offer.

“We discussed it and he asked what I thought about it. I told him to go because it is a great opportunity for him,” the 18-year-old striker told Foot Mercato.Drogba tips for Neymar上海夜生活 and Mbappe to win Ballon d’Or one day Nedim Maric – One of the best strikers in the Premier League era talked about PSG’s sensational duo and their chances of winning individual awards in the…

“He can really become a great player playing with Messi and Suarez in attack. He will really progress. His talent is already incredible, but he can still reach a new level.

“That he can fulfill his dreams is what I wish for him. He managed to do it. In addition he is a friend, so it’s all good.

“We have this passion for football. All that talk about prices or whatever, it does not concern us. What concerns us is just on the pitch. We want to play as we have always played since we started in football, both of us in our home cities.

“It’s not a matter of value or principle, it’s just a matter of passion, feeling, that love of the game.”

Klopp says he had a ‘good conversation’ with Coutinho

The Brazilian is finally back from international break and training with the first squad.

Liverpool’s head coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he had a good conversation with Philippe Coutinho upon his arrival in Melwood. Yet, the 25-year-old midfielder will likely not start against Manchester City.

Many expected things to get a bit awkward between the two after Coutinho submitted a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona, but his wish was denied and he will be staying at Liverpool. However, the Brazilian reported back for training at Melwood on Thursday and everything seems back to normal for Liverpool.

“I know what people think, but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn’t train so that means he missed around about three weeks,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

“Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season so we have seven games [before the next international break] and we saw trai上海夜网ning this morning and thought ‘OK, maybe we should use him immediately’ because he was really good, but that doesn’t make sense.Liverpool could be kicked out of the Carabao Cup Andrew Smyth – Liverpool face a nervous wait to discover their Carabao Cup fate after falling into hot water with the Football League over selecting ineligible players.

“We have now to continue with the pre-season, not too long, but in a few sessions we have to give ourselves the time because in the next month we have seven games.

“We always have the same decision to make, ‘does he need training or can he play?’ and all that stuff. Yes, he will now do a little bit more than the other boys but he showed up in a very, very good mood and looks really promising.”

The German tactician also stated that he had a fresh talk with Coutinho and everything was alright between them.

“Of course – all good, all good. Nothing else to say, actually, so he’s back and we had a really good conversation, so good,” the Reds boss added.

Barcelona won the ICC in a 3-2 win over Real Madrid

The Catalans won the trophy in a spectacular El Clásico.

Valverde’s team came out as winner in his first El Clásico as Barcelona head coach. The game took place in Hard Rock Stadium and it served as ‘repetition’ for the upcoming El Clásicos in August for the Supercopa de España.

The last time the two clubs met in a friendly outside of Spain was in 1982, when Real Madrid won 1-0 in Venezuela.

The game was packed with action and could not have started better for Catalan fans. By the 7th minute mark, Barca were already leading 2-0. The first to score was Lionel Messi who dribbled past Modrić and tried his luck with a shot. The ball hit Varan and the lucky ricochet left Navas helpless as the ball hit the back of the net.

It was not long after before Barcelona made it 2-0. After a combination between Neymar and Suarez, the Uruguayan passed to Rakitić, who finished the attack with a powerful shot to increase the lead. The Catalans’ offensive playstyle was too much for Real Madrid’s defense, which seemed rat上海夜生活her unprepared for Barca’s push.

However, Zidane’s men took advantage of their first dangerous situation. Kovačić was given too much freedom in front of the box as he fired an accurate shot into the bottom left corner of the goal. Valverde’s men were still the more active side as they missed dozens of chances to end the game early. In the 36th minute, Asensio finished a fast counter-attack from Los Blancos as he had no trouble equalizing against Cillessen.Higuain happy to be reunited with Ronaldo at Juve George Patchias – Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo have been reunited at Juventus after playing at Real Madrid together six years ago, and Higuain is happy about…

At the start of the second half, Zidane substituted both Ramos and Varan with Fernández and Vallejo. Luka Modrić and Asensio also left the pitch for Isco and Vázquez. Barca’s only substitution was Sergi Roberto for Iniesta.

The change in Real’s defense caused confusion in their ranks, which could be seen in the 50th minute. After a free-kick ball from Neymar, Gerard Piqué was left completely unmarked and comfortably scored to make it 3-2 for Barca.

The rest of the game was packed with action in front of both goals, but none of them were successful.

You can see highlights from the game below.

https://youtu.be/yE0BJMwGkRI