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UPDATE 2-China banks temper April lending as debt worries rise, but all eyes on U.S. trade threat

* April new loans at 1.02 trln yuan vs forecast 1.2 trln yuan

* April M2 money supply up 8.5 pct y/y, in line with forecast

* April TSF at 1.36 trln yuan vs forecast 1.7 trln yuan (Adds analyst quote)

BEIJING, May 9 ( ) – Chinese banks throttled back new lending in April after a record first quarter that sparked fears of more bad loans, but analysts say the central bank will have to keep up policy support for the economy due to escalating trade tensions with the United States.

Global investors are closely watching to see how much more support Beijing injects into the economy to shore up growth. But expectations that it may be moving to a more cautious approach shifted wildly this week after a sudden blowup in U.S.-China ties.

Chinese banks extended 1.02 trillion yuan ($150.16 billion) in net new yuan loans in April, the central bank said on Thursday, well below analysts’ expectations of 1.2 trillion yuan in a poll and March’s surprisingly strong 1.69 trillion yuan.

The credit data was released unexpectedly early, hours ahead of the resumption of last-ditch U.S.-China trade talks and a day ahead of a threatened U.S. tariff increase on Chinese goods. The numbers are usually released between the 10th and 15th of every month.

U.S. President Donald Trump stunned global financial markets on Sunday by announcing the tariff measures, which Beijing later said it will retaliate against. Investors had been betting on news of a trade agreement soon that would relieve pressure on both economies.

While China’s April lending levels have tended to moderate from March in past years, investors had been looking to details of the data for clues on how much more policy easing to expect.

Policy insiders told late last month that China’s central bank is likely to pause to assess economic conditions before making any further moves to ease banks’ reserve requirements, after better-than-expected March growth data reduced the urgency for action.

While the central bank’s easing bias remained unchanged, the sources said it was concerned that pumping too much cash into the economy could reignite bubbles over time, and it wanted to save some of its policy ammunition in case activity deteriorated again.

April’s more modest lending levels suggested Beijing was fine-tuning its policy stance last month, economists at Nomura said in a note.

But they added: “We expect a rebound of money and credit in May.

“The sudden escalation of U.S.-China trade tensions and the recent sharp drop of stock prices could convince Beijing to take further easing measures to bolster confidence and stabilize growth.”

CREDIT GROWTH KEY TO RECOVERY

Thursday’s data also showed that broad M2 money supply in April grew 8.5 percent from a year earlier, in line with market estimates but dipping slightly from March.

Outstanding yuan loans grew 13.5 percent from a year earlier, slightly lower than expectations and March’s 13.7 percent.

Growth of outstanding total social financing (TSF), a broad measure of credit and liquidity in the economy, slowed to 10.4 percent from a year earlier from 10.7 percent in March. TSF growth is a rough gauge of credit conditions.

Total TSF in April fell much more than expected, to 1.36 trillion yuan from 2.86 trillion yuan in March.

Optimism over the outlook for the world’s second-largest economy has improved recently, although preliminary economic data for April showed growth had become more subdued.

But analysts say the Chinese economy is not out of the woods yet, and the chance of reaching a trade deal during Vice Premier Liu He’s visit has declined, adding more uncertainties which might prompt policymakers to take swifter and stronger action.

Top officials have repeatedly vowed not to open the credit floodgates in an economy already saddled with piles of debt – a legacy of massive stimulus during the global financial crisis in 2008-09 and subsequent downturns.

The central bank has cut banks’ reserve requirements five times over the past year,上海夜生活网 and on Monday announced a smaller targeted cut to help cash-strapped smaller firms.

It has also guided money market interest rates lower in various ways, but has not cut benchmark policy rates as it did in the past.

U.S. internet firms ask Trump to support encryption, ease regulations

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. internet companies including Facebook Inc and Amazon Inc have sent President-elect Donald Trump a detailed list of their policy priorities, which includes promoting strong encryption, immigration reform and maintaining liability protections from content that users share on their platforms.

The letter sent on Monday by the Internet Association, a trade group whose 40 members also include Alphabet’s Google, Uber and Twitter, represents an early effort to repair the relationship between the technology sector and Trump, who was almost universally disliked and at times denounced in Silicon Valley during the presidential campaign.

“The internet industry looks forward to engaging in an open and productive dialogue,” reads the letter, signed by Michael Beckerman, president of the Internet Association, and seen by .

Some of the policy goals stated in the letter may align with Trump’s priorities, including easing上海夜生活网 regulation on the sharing economy, lowering taxes on profits made from intellectual property and applying pressure on Europe to not erect too many barriers that restrict U.S. internet companies from growing in that market.

Other goals are likely to clash with Trump, who offered numerous broadsides against the tech sector during his campaign.

They include supporting strong encryption in products against efforts by law enforcement agencies to mandate access to data for criminal investigations, upholding recent reforms to U.S. government surveillance programs that ended the bulk collection of call data by the National Security Agency, and maintaining net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat web traffic equally.

The association seeks immigration reform to support more high-skilled workers staying in the United States. Though Trump made tougher immigration policies a central theme of his campaign, he has at times shied away from arguing against more H-1B visas for skilled workers, saying in a March debate he was “softening the position because we need to have talented people in this country.”

While urging support for trade agreements, the letter does not mention the Trans Pacific Partnership, which Trump has repeatedly assailed with claims it was poorly negotiated and would take jobs away from U.S. workers. The technology sector supported the deal, but members of Congress have conceded since the election it is not going to be enacted.

Trump’s often-shifting policy proposals on the campaign trail frequently alarmed tech companies and sometimes elicited public mockery, such as when Trump called for closing off parts of the internet to limit militant Islamist propaganda.

Trump has also urged a boycott of Apple Inc products over the company’s refusal to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock an iPhone associated with last year’s San Bernardino, California, shootings, threatened antitrust action against Amazon, and demanded that tech companies such as Apple manufacture their products in the United States.

In a statement, Beckerman said the internet industry looked forward to working closely with Trump and lawmakers in Congress to “cement the internet’s role as a driver of economic and social progress for future generations.”

Koch brothers, other 2016 mega donors warm to Carly Fiorina

NEW YORK ( ) – Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidenti上海夜生活al campaign.

Fiorina’s show-stealing performance in a Republican presidential debate last month, and her subsequent surge in the polls, has prompted industrialists Charles and David Koch to take a “serious look” at the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, according to three sources close to the brothers.

She has now moved to the short list of candidates the Kochs may support with their reported $1 billion war chest, the sources said. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is among those on the coveted list, the sources said.

A spokesman for the Kochs declined to comment

Other politically powerful mega donors are also lining up.

Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens hosted a packed luncheon at a posh Dallas venue for Fiorina in late September, while venture capitalist Tom Perkins is planning a fundraising gala in California in the next few months.

“My money is on her,” said Perkins, who served on HP’s board during Fiorina’s tenure. “I think she could be president.”

As the only woman on stage at the Sept. 16 debate, Fiorina emerged as the most effective candidate in taking on front-runner Donald Trump, chastening the celebrity real estate magnate for his controversial comments about her looks.

“The emails have not stopped” since then, said seasoned California political fundraising consultant Karolyn Dorsee, who is working on behalf of several Republican presidential candidates, including Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. “Everybody wants her, nationwide, in every single state.”

Even before her rapid rise in the polls – she has vaulted to second place in the key early voting state of New Hampshire – Fiorina had already garnered about $2 million in support from the likes of reclusive hedge fund baron Robert Mercer and former Univision CEO Jerrold Perenchio.

“SHE’S PRETTY VIABLE”

Fiorina’s campaign now appears far less of a long-shot than it did over the summer, when she was struggling with sparse crowds, scant name recognition and a coffer of just $5 million that put her at the bottom of the money race.

Her campaign thus far has been a bare-bones operation, relying on a young, relatively low-paid, skeletal staff as opposed to the sprawling operations built by more well-endowed candidates like Bush.

Support from the Kochs would change her operation overnight.

“We think she’s pretty viable,” said broadcasting billionaire Stanley Hubbard, a member of the Koch brothers’ network of conservative advocacy groups who donates heavily to political candidates.

The Kochs have been keeping a close eye on Fiorina ever since she announced in May, the Koch sources said. They extended an invite to her to speak at their exclusive summit of rich donors at an oceanfront luxury resort in August along with Rubio, Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Fiorina, the lowest polling candidate at the gathering, impressed the big money attendees with her mastery of policy detail and heavyweight stage presence. “She’s good in the room,” said one participant at the event, who declined to be named.

The Fiorina campaign, and the independent fund-raising Super PAC supporting her, declined comment.

The Kochs, who own America’s second-largest private company, have backed Fiorina in the past, notably when she ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer for her California Senate seat in 2010.

At the time, the Kochs had helped mount a campaign for Proposition 23, a ballot measure designed to suspend the state law banning higher carbon emissions that was ultimately defeated. Fiorina also supported the measure. A Koch Industries PAC helped sponsor a Washington fundraiser for Fiorina at the time and gave $10,000 to her campaign.

   As Fiorina’s money problems fade, some high dollar donors who have already contributed are now considering doubling down. Dallas philanthropist Elloine Clark has so far written one $100,000 check to the Super PAC supporting Fiorina. She says she may give more. “I think she’s unflappable,” said Clark. “And she doesn’t react like an adolescent.”   

Preview: Lazio – Chievo

Will it be the Champions League ambitions of Lazio or the survival instincts of Chievo? With it all to play for, this Serie A clash hosted in the capital city has an interesting sub-context.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

The hosts are fourth in SA, taking advantage of a poor recent run by Roma. With the battle for the final CL qualification spot looking set to be between these two eternal rivals, Lazio would be eager to pocket three points against Chievo.

The visitors have picked up just one win since the end of October and are living off their early season form of 15 points from the opening nine games. They now sit 13th in SA and just seven points above the relegation places. If the slide is not halted, do not be surprised if they find themselves amid that battle soon!

The hosts have won their last three home games in all competitions to go with four on the trot at home to teams in the bottom half. They have a very good scoring record (48 goals) behind only Juventus in SA, although they have conceded the most (24 goals) among the top five!

Compare that to Chievo, who have scored just 20 goals in 20 games so far in SA! In addition, their away form is shaky, with no wins in six trips (W0, D2, L4).

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Leading Chievo’s charge will be Roberto Inglese with seven goals. He will look to capitalise on Lazio’s generosity at the back.

Stat attack: Chievo have not scored in their last three away SA games and lost all of them.

These two sides, together with Inter Milan, have scored the most headed goals in SA this season (seven).

Missing players

Lazio: F. Caicedo (leg injury), S. Radu (suspension), D. Di Gennaro (doubtful), F. Marchetti (doubtful), Mauricio (doubtful)

Chievo: L. Castro (knee injury), A. Gamberini (muscle injury), R. Inglese (knee injury), R. Meggiorini (doubtful).

Pochettino believes that Kane is the world’s best striker

Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham Hotspur coach, admitted that he considers Harry Kane to be the best striker in the world after he managed to score another hattrick to help his side with beating Southampton 5-2.

The Englishman had scored one hattrick in his side’s previous match against Burnley and he repeated it once again today – and thanks to these six goals, he has become the world’s top-scorer in 2017, surpassing Lionel Messi. And his coach, Pochettino, believes that he is currently the best stri上海夜网ker in the world and he proves it in every single match he has played this season so far.

The former Southampton coach spoke about this achievement as he said, according to Sky Sports: “First of all I want to congratulate Harry Kane, a massive achievement for him, well deserved. And we are all so, so, so, so happy because it’s an amazing thing to celebrate. For me, he’s world class. I think today, (number) one striker in the world, specific position, who’s better than him?”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 it is well-deserved for the Englan international: “He deserves everything. It’s been nine years between [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, and now Kane’s name is there. It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m so happy for him. I’d like to congratulate him. Well done. It’s not surprising to us because every day we see how he works, the determination, how professional he is and how he takes care of himself.”

In the end, Mauricio Pochettino insisted that Kane is a great example for anybody: “I’ve told everyone that he is a great example for everybody, not just because of his goals. Professional is a massive word, and you need to include everything there inside – he’s a very good example of how a player behaves like a professional.”

Capello slams Bonucci

The former Rossoneri coach has criticized AC Milan’s skipper after a poor start at San Siro.

Fabio Capello has slammed Leonardo Bonucci, insisting he cannot defend and was simply lucky to play in Juventus’ system that suited him well.

The Italy international completed a rather controversial move during the summer, swapping Serie A champions Juve for the Rossoneri in a €42million deal. However, he has been struggling to find his form since his arrival at AC Milan.

And former Rossoneri boss Capello, who led Milan to four Serie A titles and 1994 Champions League, has offered his assessment of Bonucci’s qualities.Jose Fonte recalls incredible first memory of Cristiano Ronaldo Andrew Smyth – Jose Fonte has given a fascinating insight into Cristiano Ronaldo by recalling the time he first met the star during his Sporting Lisbon days.

“He’s the best Italian defender when he has the ball at his feet. He’s among t上海夜生活网he top three in the world,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.

“But he can’t defend. He has big problems. It was ideal for him at Juventus, where he was free. It’s perfect for him to play in a three [in defence]. Playing in a four is hard.”

The Italy international has played 16 out of 18 Serie A games for AC Milan this season, with his team sitting 11th in the league table.

Liverpool chief admits uncertainty over Coutinho’s future

The Brazilian was Barcelona’s top priority over the summer and his recent showings on the pitch will certainly make the Catalans want him even more.

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore insists that he does not know what will happen to Philippe Coutinho and whether the will still be at Anfield after the January transfer window. The 25-year-old was Barcelona’s target during the summer and reportedly submitted a transfer request to force a move through. However, the Reds’ leadership blocked the move and insisted that the ‘Magician’ is not for sale regardless of the money offered to the club.

However, Moore has now revealed that he does not have a ‘crystal ball’ only to further fuel the speculations regarding Coutinho’s future.

“[On Wednesday] I saw a player delighted to score a hat-trick in front of 54,000 fans. It’s all about Philippe on the pitch right now.” he said, according to Goal.

“As far as I’m concerned the squad in January is what we have. I have no crystal ball.”

However, the Reds official highlighted and lauded the job done by the recruitment team, expressing his delight with the signing of Salah, Chamberlain and Keïta.Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers relishing Liverpool return Andrew Smyth – Brendan Rodgers is relishing Leicester City’s trip to his old club Liverpool, whom he described as a “privilege” to work for during his three-year stint.

“From the perspective of competing, we do thing上海夜网s the Liverpool way,” Moore added.

“The chemistry that we build on the field – it’s not about buying the most expensive player.

“We haven’t been shy [in terms of spending]. Obviously, the Mohamed Salah purchase for many people has been the top acquisition of the season.

“We already have Naby Keïta coming and I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is doing a tremendous job.

“The investments are being made. It’s hard to knock what you are seeing on the field right now.

Everton big underdogs against Liverpool

Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool skipper, insisted that his ex-team will be huge favourites in the upcoming derby match against Everton – and after beating Spartak Moscow 7-0, the expectations will be even higher.

Fourth-placed Liverpool scored 12 goals in their last two games and they are back in their best form – and Jamir Carragher insisted that it will be very difficult for Everton to face their biggest rivals right now. The Toffees have got a new coach as Sam Allardyce took over and won his first match in charge 2-0 against Huddersfield – but this fixture will be far more difficult.

The former Reds defender spoke about his former side’s form as he said, according to Sky Sports: “Is there a feel-good factor going into it after what happened in midweek? Any player or manager coming into this city knows how important this game is. As a fan, you are a little bit nervous thinking Sam Allardyce has come in and Everton have picked up a little bit and could it change? But then you come here in midweek and watch how well Liverpool are playing and it has to give you confidence.”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 added that Sam Allardyce could possibly be an advantage for the guests: “Sam Allardyce will give the Everton supporters and players a bit more belief coming here. But they have been coming here a long time now and been finding it very difficult. He will make them more organised, you know that they had big problems defensively. But I think if Liverpool play the way they have been playing, they will be red-hot favourites. And I think上海夜生活 Sam Allardyce will recognise that.”

In the end, Carragher claimed that the Englishman is very experienced and will know how to play against Liverpool: “He has been to Anfield many times with different teams and the last time he came, he won with Crystal Palace towards the end of last season. So yes, he will probably have a belief that he can come here and win, but Everton will also be well aware of the attacking talent Liverpool have got.”

Giggs thinks that United are still the best in Manchester

Ryan Giggs still thinks that Manchester United have to be considered as a bigger and more successful club than Manchester City are – and the Citizens have to start winning trophies to change that fact.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are expected to clinch their first Premier League since 2014 when they managed to gain it under Manuel Pellegrini – since then, they failed to win it again and Giggs thinks that they can’t be considered as the best team in Manchester because of that. Now, there is an eight-point gap between these two and José Mourinho will be looking for closing it in the upcoming fixture.

The former Manchester United player and legend spoke about the differences between these two as he said, according to Sky Sports: “There are more academy players coming through at United than there are at City. United won two trophies last year, and City haven’t won any for a couple of years. They a上海夜生活re obviously very good, and with the spending power that they have got, every year they get closer, but still, United, with the record that they have got, to go with the top manager and the top players, are still on top, but the gap is closing.”Solskjaer “very pleased” after another failure to win George Patchias – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very pleased,” even though United failed to win yet again.It is now ten games on the road since…

He continued by adding that City can be considered as a big contender: “With that spending power, and the coach that they have got, they will be very difficult to stop them over the next couple of years because they are playing unbelievable football. But until you win that trophy, you can’t start comparing them to Arsenal’s Invincibles or other teams who have won the Premier League.”

Phil Neville, another TV pundit, mentioned that City are just at the beginning of their journey: “They are still putting those building blocks in place. They are dominating and, at this moment in time, they are the best team, in Europe, they are playing the best football, but you have to measure success on winning trophies. They have a fantastic training ground, an academy that can produce top players, but not in great numbers. These are the sort of things where they need to match United. Winning trophies is how this team will be defined.”

Preview: Maribor – Sevilla

Maribor’s fate was sealed in their last Champions League (CL) match against Spartak Moscow. They can now not qualify and will finish bottom of Group E. For Sevilla to qualify, they only need a draw or for Spartak Moscow to lose to Liverpool.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Sevilla’s Argentinian assistant coach, Ernesto Marcucci, will be in charge of this fixture as upsetting news hit the club when head coach Eduardo Berizzo announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer. The club have stated that once treatment has been completed he will return to the club as coach.

Historically the CL has been dominated by Spanish clubs, and it has not been won by any other nation in the last four years. Sevilla come into the competition with a record that Real Madrid are chasing themselves – a hat trick of European trophies (three cups consecutively).

Sevilla forward, Wissam Ben Yedder, has scored six goals in the CL and is the competition’s joint second top scorer, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (eight). In the last fixture against Maribor, Ben Yedder scored a superb hat-trick, and if he repeats that feat he could overtake CR7 as the tournament’s top scorer.

In terms of the H2H, Sevilla have played Maribor in three European fixtures. Maribor have lost all but one, which was back上海夜生活网 in 2014 (the EL) where they managed a 2-2 draw. In the H2H fixtures, Sevilla have won a total of 24 corner kicks (an average of eight per game), Maribor have six – which is a very low average of just two corners per game.Niko Kovac urges Bayern Munich to remain ‘humble’ Andrew Smyth – Niko Kovac has called on Bayern Munich to stay focused and humble after thrashing Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League.

Maribor have only lost one game at home in their last ten in all competitions which was a 7-0 thrashing by Liverpool in the CL. In those last ten home fixtures, 22 goals were scored for/against, an average of 2.2 goals per game.

Maribor may feel confident coming into the fixture knowing that Sevilla have suffered more losses than wins and only one draw in their last ten away fixtures (W4, D1, L4). A total of 30 goals have been seen in Sevilla’s last ten away fixtures – an average of three goals per game.

Missing players

Maribor: M. Obradovic (injury), A. Rajcevic (injury), D. Sme (injury), L. Zahovic (injury)

Sevilla: D. Carrico (thigh injury), N. Pareja (hip injury), Jose Mena (doubtful), W. Montoya (doubtful).

Shearer slams Liverpool’s title chances

Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer believes that the Reds have way too many problems in the back to challenge for the Premier League trophy.

Liverpool have had an indifferent start of the season, recording only three wins in seven games, and currently sitting seven points adrift of table leaders Manchester United and Manchester City. Just like last season, the Merseyside club is struggling in the back, conceiving easy goals almost every single game. Not only are Liverpool sloppy when it comes to defending, but they are also struggling to materialize on the chances they create, which leaves Shearer convinced that Liverpool are not capable of challenging for the title this season.

The former English striker was questioned which team left him underwhelmed this season and Shearer responded: “Liverpool. Going forward, creating chances, they haven’t scored enough goals.” he said, according to Goal.

“And defensively they’ve been as poor as ever. Nothing has changed from last season.

“I was at the game when they played Newcastle. Same old problems defensively, had a lot of the ball in the first half and should have killed the game off.Crouch: Mane & Salah have a healthy competition for goals Andrew Smyth – Peter Crouch reckons Sadio Mane has doubled his value in recent seasons, and boasts a “healthy competition” with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah for goals.

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“They’ve got no chance of winning the Premier League playing like that.”

Even though the Reds sealed a top four finish last season, their defensive issues remain unsolved and Shearer believes that Klopp could have done more to prevent that from happening.

“I know they got into the top four last season and got Champions League, which was a success. But one of their problems last season was conceding too many goals. And nothing has changed from last season to this season. [Klopp] constantly rotates the goalkeepers, which cant be helpful for the defenders.”

Nemyar tried to have Barcelona excluded from UCL

Neymar left Barcelona this summer for PSG, but his departure did not come in the best terms.

PSG decided to pay the €222m release clause in the Brazilian’s contract and Barcelona were left powerless. The Catalans delayed as much as possible the sending of the relevant documents to France and therefore PSG were not able to register Neymar in time for their first match in Ligue 1.

Furthermore, Barcelona accused PSG of breaching the FFP regulations. However, Neymar hit back and has his own personal war going on with the Catalans. The Brazilian reported Barcelona to UEFA and asked for nothing less than the exclusion of the Catalans from Champions League, according to AS.Opinion: FC Barcelona needed to end the internal war Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After a victory at Camp Nou, we believe that FC Barcelona did well by ending the internal war between players and the board ASAP.Those…

The 25-year-old formulated a com上海夜生活论坛plaint against his former team, after Barcelona refused to pay the player’s father the €26m loyalty bonus for the extension on his contract until 2021. Neymar’s decision came after multiple consultations with his legal team, but UEFA decided to dismiss the case, deeming the Brazilian’s claims not founded.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Neymar and his father decided to give up their status as socios of the Catalan club, after the decision that came from UEFA.

Barcelona to go back in for Coutinho

Barcelona have not given up at the idea of signing Philippe Coutinho.

The Catalans will start negotiations again in January with Liverpool, for the transfer of the Brazilian midfielder, according to El Mundo Deportivo. 

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The Catalans are ready to submit an initial offer of €80m and another €30m in bonuses, counting on the player’s public desire to play for them. Barcelona lost Neymar to PSG in上海夜网 the summer in a record-breaking deal of €222m and brought in Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund as a replacement, paying €105m for the French forward. However, the 20-year-old got injured and will be unavailable for the next 2-3 months.

Therefore, Barcelona are still looking to add some quality players to their squad. The club’s general director, Oscar Grau, said: “We are ready to sign with Coutinho or with any other player that the technical staff wants this winter. We want the most competitive team possible.”

PSG: The Champions League is very important

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery told his players to focus, as they are about to secure a top-spot in their Champions League group

The French side’s manager asked the supporters of PSG to stand up for his men in their efforts of claiming the top-spot in their Champions League group ahead of their clash with Celtic on Wednesday.

The leaders of the French top-flight are also leading Group B of the competition, with four out of four wins, being 3-points ahead of biggest rivals Bayern Munich.

PSG were 3-0 winners in the mee上海夜生活ting between the two in September and have already secured their place in the latter stages of the competition, GOAL reports.

If they manage to defeat Celtic on Wednesday, it’s almost sure that they progress as group winners with two matches remaining after the current round.

Unai Emery reminded both the fans and the players of the club to stay focused and do their best to achieve a top finish.Report: Icardi opens PSG account in 0-1 win over Gala George Patchias – Mauro Icardi opened his goal-scoring account for PSG in a 0-1 away victory over Galatasaray.While Thomas Tuchel has begun to integrate Mauro Icardi into…

“For us, the Champions League is very important. We want to tread a path that gives us the best possibilities. Because of this, we are group leaders,” the manager told reporters.

“To keep our position, we need to win here. Bayern have improved [since PSG won 3-0 in Paris].”

“If we win this, we will not be thinking about anybody else. We need to stay focused on taking all three points and continuing to progress,” he added.

“We want fans to be vibrant towards the team and for the players to give their best on the pitch,” Emery asked the team and the fans.

The other game in Group B is Bayern travelling to Belgium to face Anderlecht knowing one point would be enough for them to advance to the next stage of the tournament.

The German side have won 3 out of their 4 games so far, with only one defeat against PSG back in the Carlo Ancelotti era.

Juventus sign Howedes on loan

Benedikt Howedes has put pen to paper at Juventus and will play for the Italian side for at least one season.

Juventus have confirmed on their official website that they have completed the loan deal of the German central defender from Schalke.

The Bianconeri were looking for a replacement for Leonardo Bonucci, who left for Milan earlier this summer. Their search has now ended with the signing of Howedes on a one year loan deal. The world champion arrived earlier today in Turin and has passed his medical tests before signing the deal.Report: Mourinho rejects several offers amid Real Madrid talk Andrew Smyth – Jose Mou上海夜生活rinho has reportedly turned down several job offers in Europe as he eyes up a potential shock return to Real Madrid.

Juventus will pay €3m to Schalke for the loan of Howedes. The deal also includes an option to buy, which will be automatically activated if the central defender will play 25 competitive matches for Juve. In this case, the Italians will have to pay another €13m plus €3m in bonuses to Schalke.

The 29-year-old will play for the first time in his career for a different club than Schalke. He joined the Gelsenkirchen club as a trainee and advanced through the ranks, making 334 appearances for the club, during which he scored 23 goals and helped the team win the German Cup in 2011.

Howedes has 44 matches for the German national team and played an important part in their World Cup winning campaign in 2014.

Naby Ke\u00efta saga is over

The 22-year-old will remain at RB Leipzig ‘100 percent’ says the manager.

RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has ended all speculations regarding the future of Naby Keïta for the upcoming season.

The midfielder was heavily speculated amid Liverpool interest, with the Reds seeing two bids rejected from the Bundesliga side. Latest media reports suggested that Klopp’s side are prepa上海夜生活ring a third bid, but the speculations appear to be false.

Leipzig boss has confirmed that Liverpool’s interest is over and Keïta will not be going anywhere, since he is of great importance to his team.

According to the Guardian, the Ralph Hasenhüttl said:

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“It’s 100% clear that Naby Keïta will play this year in Leipzig.

“At the beginning of the transfer period that we said we would start with the same team and of the players we had last year no-one will go.

“For us, everyone can see how important Naby is for our game. It’s 100% sure that he will be with RB Leipzig in the Champions League.”

RB Leipzig stormed through the Bundesliga last season as they finished second behind the giants from Bayern Munich. Keïta played a vital part in their journey to the second spot as he scored eight goals and provided seven assists. Ever since his incredible season, the Guinean has been linked with a move away from the German club, but that will not be the case.

“When you play such a famous season as last year it is normal players get interest, that other clubs are watching us is normal,” Hasenhüttl said.

“I said for all the players it is very important to stay together as it’s the first time we play Champions League and that is a new situation for every one of us.”

Baba Rahman\u2019s future at Chelsea remains unclear

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Baba Rahman’s future at Chelsea will remain uncertain until late July after Chelsea have put discussions over a potential tran上海夜网sfer on hold.

Rahman spent last season on loan at Schalke in the Bundesliga, but unfortunately, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the African Cup of Nations.

He is expected to be fully fit by the end of next month and at that time his future at Chelsea will be looked at, after Schalke have decided against renewing his contract at this stage, due to his injury status.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

However, the Bundesliga team are looking for a left-back after losing Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer to Arsenal, which might open the door for Rahman if the club is satisfied with his condition.

The 24-year-old’s rehabilitation is going good, as he recently started practicing with a ball at Cobham Training Centre.

At the moment, another loan move is the most likely option for Rahman, but there’s still a chance that Conte may include him in the pre-season tour in China.

Dolberg not getting ahead of himself

The Danish wonder kid has ruled out a big move at this stage of his career, saying he s上海夜生活网till needs to grow.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. May 3, 2017.

Kasper Dolberg has recently attracted interest from the biggest teams in Europe and more so from a group of Premier League clubs. But the young Ajax striker is not thinking that much ahead. He prefers to focus on his development and feels that Ajax is the perfect club to grow.

Dolberg’s plans for the season were to grow as much as possible while playing for the second team of Ajax. But the transfer of Milik to Napoli has opened the door to a huge opportunity for the young striker: “My goal [this season] was to play for Ajax’s reserve team, become their best player and maybe get a few matches in the first team. But then Arek Milik went to Napoli and I got the chance.”

And the 19-year-old did not disappoint. He managed to score at his debut, in a match against Greek side PAOK in the Champions League qualifiers: “Then in the first game of the season I played and scored against PAOK in a Champions League qualifier. From that point, I was motivated. The coach gave me confidence to play in the way I’ve always done.”Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

Dolberg continued his impressive rise and in November last year managed to score a hat-trick against NEC. He has then become the youngest foreign player to score a hat-trick in Eredivisie. Since then, he has added to his goal scoring record and he now has 14 league goals in the current season.

With interest from clubs like Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United, the wonder kid addressed the rumours of a potential transfer: “It’s too big a step to go to City or United now. It’s important to keep on playing, as I don’t know what could happen in the future.”

When asked about his preferences, the young Dane was evasive, trying to avoid closing any doors for the future: “I haven’t got a dream league. When I was young it was Barcelona [that was my favourite team], but once I got older I didn’t have one. In England, I followed Arsenal because of Thierry Henry, but it wasn’t like Arsenal was my favourite.”

Dolberg arrived at Ajax in the summer of 2016 from the Danish Superliga side Silkeborg. The scout who spotted him has previously brought Christian Eriksen and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Dutch capital.

European blockchain company Bitfury launches artificial intelligence unit

NEW YORK ( ) – European blockchain company The Bitfury Group, valued recently at more than $1 billion, has launched its artificial intelligence (AI) division, the company’s top official told in an interview.

The AI division will operate alongside Bitfury’s existing blockchain 上海夜生活网services and remain part of the company.Bitfury is one of a handful of blockchain companies around the world with at least a $1 billion valuation. That list includes Coinbase, a U.S.-based exchange, and China’s Bitmain, the largest cryptocurrency mining firm in the world.

Valery Vavilov, chief executive officer and co-founder of Bitfury, said the need to analyze and extract value from tons of available data drove the company to go into artificial intelligence, that branch of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that act and behave like humans.

“Data is becoming the next oil,” Vavilov said. “We have collected so much data, but only 2% of all this data has been analyzed; 98% is sitting idle and waiting to be analyzed.”

He believes the best and most efficient way to analyze the data is through artificial intelligence.

“We also need to trust that data so that’s where blockchain comes in,” Vavilov said.

Blockchain, a digital ledger of transactions, gained prominence as the software underpinning virtual currency bitcoin BTC=BTSP. The technology, being developed in the public and private sectors, has gained attention globally for its ability to permanently record and track assets or transactions across all industries.

Artificial intelligence is one of the tech sectors that attracted large funding so far this year. According to research firm CB Insights, the second quarter of 2019 saw a record of $7.4 billion invested in AI startups, with the majority going to transportation and health care-related companies.

Vavilov said that Bitfury’s AI group is still in “research mode”. He would have more clarity about the range of AI products the company intends to offer by the end of the year or the beginning of 2020.

Bitfury also said it appointed technology expert Fabrizio Del Maffeo to lead the AI division. Del Maffeo was the vice president and managing director of AAEON Technology Europe, the AI and internet of things computing company within Taiwan’s ASUS Group.

Free-spending consumers lift company profits, but Trump tariffs now loom

CHICAGO ( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to slap new tariffs on Chinese imports comes on the heels of unexpectedly strong second-quarter results for automakers, consumer products companies and restaurant chains, boosted by spending on high-end products

Several major U.S. compa上海夜网nies, from General Motors to KFC-owner Yum! Brands, defied analysts’ sluggish earnings forecasts.

Refinitiv analysts said on Thursday that they expect quarterly earnings growth of 2.5% for S&P 500 companies, compared with the 0.4% decline they had predicted in mid-July. At the time negative second-quarter outlooks outnumbered positive ones by 3.8 to 1, while the average ratio for the prior four quarters was 1.9 to 1, according to Refinitiv data.

But the rosy outlook may be short-lived. After Trump said on Thursday he would impose an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports starting Sept. 1, four large retail trade groups warned that the action would hurt consumer purchases, raise prices further and limit hiring.

Even so, consumers would be unlikely to see higher prices when they start shopping for the holiday season, which begins in November, as a result of the new tariffs. Most retailers have already purchased their holiday-season merchandise, and the inventory for the most part has already arrived at U.S. ports and warehouses.

Growth in consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, surged at a 4.3% rate in the second quarter, the fastest since the fourth quarter of 2017. That followed a rather lackluster 1.1% growth rate in the first quarter, blamed on a 35-day partial shutdown of the government.

Quarterly results from companies catering to consumers showed shoppers flocking to high-end SUVs and ordering more fried chicken on mobile phones. Even products like face creams, potato chips and laundry detergent, which have become more expensive due to surging commodities costs, sold well.

Shares in Kellogg surged 12% on Thursday after the company’s quarterly results beat estimates on strong demand in North America for its increasingly pricy Pringles, frozen Eggo waffles and meatless Morningstar burgers. Kellogg CEO Steve Cahillane told that sales growth in North America was due to investments in marketing and new products such as Eggo French Toast.

Similarly, Procter & Gamble’s stock touched a record high on Tuesday after the company reported strong demand for skincare and detergent products in the second quarter even though it increased prices to offset surging raw material costs. P&G, whose brands include Olay and Tide, said the price hikes contributed 3 percentage points to a 7% jump in organic sales and said North America sales rose by the high-single digits.

The consumer goods industry has rushed to revamp products and roll out premium ones to justify higher prices and compete with cheaper, increasingly popular store-brand products from Walmart, Costco and Kroger.

Nestle, the world’s No. 1 consumer goods company whose brands include Nescafe coffee pods and Lean Cuisine, also raised prices during the quarter. In July, confectionary company Hershey said it would hike wholesale prices by 10% on its single-serve products, which account for about a third of total sales. The Reese’s Pieces maker, which had already raised prices on other products this year, beat quarterly earnings forecasts when it reported last week, even though price hikes ate into volumes.

Consumers are also splurging on cars, even as prices have risen to near an all-time high, at $37,169 per vehicle according to Kelley Blue Book. General Motors shares hit a more than one-year high on Thursday as its redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks helped boost second-quarter profits by $1 billion.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), which counts Walmart, Target  and Home Depot  among its members, said the tariffs will raise prices for everyday items like clothing, toys, home goods and electronics.

“This new 10% tariff is a direct hit on consumer products and family budgets,” Hun Quach, RILA’s vice president of international trade, said in a statement.