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UPDATE 2-Italian yields jump as surprise 20-year bond sale shakes up market

* Italian yields rise, strong demand for 20-yr issue

* Deal comes as EU discusses disciplinary action on Rome

* Spain gets 20 blns euros of interest for 10-yr

* German yields dip as U.S.-China trade tensions persist

* Euro zone periphery govt bond yields tmsnrt.rs/2ii2Bqr (Updates prices, adds move in key inflation gauge)

By Abhinav Ramnarayan

LONDON, June 12 ( ) – Italy’s long-dated government bond yields rose sharply on Wednesday after the country launched a surprise 20-year bond sale to take advantage of hefty demand for euro zone debt.

Italy has received orders worth more than 23.5 billion euros for the new bond, a lead manager told .

The final yield on the new March 2040 issue h上海夜生活论坛as been set at 12 basis points over the outstanding March 2038 benchmark, down from an initial guidance of around 16 basis points.

Demand for the sale was strong even though the European Union is expected to take disciplinary action against Rome over the country’s growing debt.

“Right now, the carry and the ECB monetary easing is cancelling out the negative headlines,” said DZ Bank strategist Daniel Lenz. The term “carry” refers to a trade where investors take advantage of low short-dated borrowing costs to pick up some yield by buying longer-dated debt.

Italy’s 10-year bond yield was up 10 basis points at 2.41%, with 20- and 30-year yields rising a similar amount.

Yields usually rise ahead of a sale, with investors selling outstanding debt to make space for the new supply.

But the move comes after a strong rally in recent days, which saw Italy’s 10-year yield drop 30 bps in the first week of June to a one-year low of 2.28%.

Spain also hit bond markets on Wednesday, and recorded over 31 billion euros of demand for 10-year debt even though the country’s debt is trading at record low yields.

The country was set to price a 6 billion euro bond issue at 33 basis points over mid-swaps, according to a lead manager, a level that suggests a final yield of just above 0.60% according to calculations.

DZ Bank’s Lenz said the carry was the predominant factor driving demand for Spanish bonds. “Spanish yields have hit record lows, but there is still a positive carry and it does not include the risk you have on Italy,” he said.

Spain usually launches a 10-year bond sale around this time of the year, so the market reaction was muted, with the country’s benchmark 10-year yield unchanged at 0.58%.

Elsewhere, German 10-year bond yields, the benchmark for the bloc, dropped to minus 0.24%, close to record lows hit last week, as concerns about the global economy grow in the shadow of a trade dispute between its two largest economies.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the use of tariffs as part of his trade strategy while China vowed a tough response if the United States insists on escalating trade tensions amid ongoing negotiations.

German and U.S. bond yields fell further after soft U.S. inflation data boosted expectations for U.S. rate cuts.

In the euro zone, a key market measure of long-term inflation expectations fell to a new record low below 1.18% . ($1 = 0.8831 euros)

UK PM frontrunner fends off court case over Brexit campaign bus claim

LONDON ( ) – Judges at London’s High Court on Friday threw out an attempt to prosecute Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, for allegedly lying about the financial benefits of Brexit during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.

Last week, a magistrate agreed to issue summonses for Johnson to face charges of misconduct in public office over a claim emblazoned on his bright red “Leave” campaign bus that Britain would be 350 million pounds ($446 million) a week better off outside the EU.

Opponents had argued that the slogan was deliberately misleading and it became symbolic of the divisions caused by the referendum, which saw Britons vote 52-48% to leave the European Union.

Marcus Ball, 29, who described himself as a social enterprise founder, brought the private prosecution against Johnson in February which led to last week’s decision.

But at a judicial review hearing on Friday at the High Court, Johnson’s lawyer Adrian Darbishire said the magistrate had either erred in law or provided the wrong legal test in allowing the case to go ahead.

Darbishire said the only rational conclusion was that the case was politically motivated and therefore without merit.

The High Court judges agreed the summonses should be quashed, saying they would give their reasons at a later date.

The flamboyant Johnson, who did not attend Friday’s hearing, is the favorite among Conservative lawmakers hoping to replace May as party leader and therefore prime minister.

The case could potentially have damaged his bid to replace May, who stepped down as Conservative leader on Friday although she will remain prime minister until a successor is selected.

“POLITICAL PROSECUTION”

Friday’s challenge, brought in the former foreign minister’s full name – Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – examined whether a politician could be accused of criminal misconduct over statements made during political campaigning.

“Standing on the hustings is not the exercise of state power, and doing something naughty on the hustings is not an abuse of state power,” said Darbishire.

He said it was not for the police or juries to stray into the sphere of political debate and that it was for the electorate to decide on the truth of claims.

Ball’s overt opposition to Brexit and desire to h上海夜生活ave it stopped also showed the case had no legal merit, Darbishire added. “This is realistically, plainly speaking, a political prosecution,” he said.

After the verdict, Ball, who has raised more than 350,000 pounds through crowd-funding to pursue the prosecution, said he would mull whether to appeal, saying his case was not about stopping Brexit.

“I will not give up until I believe that all possible options are exhausted,” he said.

“If you are an elected representative and you are talking about people’s money … it’s not correct for a member of parliament to lie to everybody about that.”

As for the 350 million claim itself, Johnson’s lawyers said he denied acting dishonestly in any way and the figure remained contentious.

“It is still being adhered to today,” Darbishire said.

($1 = 0.7842 pounds)

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.

FOREX-Yen surges to 3-month high on fears of U.S. tariffs

* Yen stands tall vs peers as trade woes stoke risk aversion

* Focus on outcome of pivotal US-China talks starting Thursday

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2019 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh

By Tom Finn

LONDON, May 9 ( ) – The Japanese yen surged to a 3-month high against the dollar on Thursday as investors piled into the safe-haven currency fearing that the U.S.-China trade conflict could escalate.

Two days of trade talks begin in Washington on Thursday and traders are waiting to see whether Chinese and U.S. negotiators can salvage a deal to prevent more U.S. tariff increases.

Currency moves this week in response to a new bout of trade war angst have been fairly muted but Thursday’s jump in the yen – which tends to attract demand in times of political strife and market turmoil – suggested investor nerves are fraying.

The main casualties of the heightened tensions have been the Australian dollar, a proxy for Chinese economic prospects , the U.S. dollar and the offshore Chinese yuan .

The yuan on Thursday fell half a percent to hit a four-month low of 6.838 and was headed for its worst four-day decline in a year.

“It looks very much like a trade deal is almost off the table and that the U.S. will impose new tariffs on Chinese goods tomorrow. Fears in the market are mostly reflected in yu上海夜网an exchange rates,” said Ulrich Leuchtmann, an FX strategist at Commerzbank.

Unlike previous episodes when the dollar benefited from an increase in trade worries, U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest threat to raise tariffs on Chinese imports have prompted market strategists to focus on the corrosive impact on Washington.

The prospects of an escalation in the conflict has seen the yen gain in recent days.

The currency rose 0.3 percent against the dollar at 109.640 yen, a 3-month high, taking its gains to more than 1 percent so far this month.

According to the latest Commodity Futures Trading Commission data, speculators have further raised their net long dollar bets, including those against the yen.

Trump said on Wednesday that China “broke the deal” reached in talks with the United States, and vowed to not back down on imposing new tariffs unless Beijing “stops cheating our workers”.

Shin Kadota, senior strategist at Barclays in Tokyo, said the yen “owes much of its strength to gains made in the cross currency market. ‘Risk on, risk off’ has been the main market driver and the euro has been stuck in range as a result.”

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.”

RPT-Only way is down: strong bid for negative-yielding KfW bond amid rates stasis

(Repeats Friday story without changes)

* German banks sells 5 bln euros of bonds at -0.267 pct yield

* Euro zone lenders, foreign central banks among buyers

* Deal paves way for other borrowers to do same

By Abhinav Ramnarayan

LONDON, March 15 ( ) – German development bank KfW’s 5 billion euro debt sale, at one of the most deeply negative yields on record for such a deal, is a clear sign investors are resigned to several more years of low interest rates in the euro zone, bankers and analysts said.

Triple-A-rated KfW, whose debt is guaranteed by the German government and often seen as a proxy for German Bunds, sold 5 billion euros of three-year bonds via a syndicate of banks on Tuesday at a yield of minus 0.267 percent.

Negative yields have been a feature of the euro zone bond market since the European Central Bank began stimulus measures to aid the bloc’s recovery from the debt crisis of 2010-2012.

But the KfW deal is one of very few benchmark-sized transactions to price at such a deeply negative level.

“Nobody really expects rising rates, given the statements by the ECB and (U.S. Federal Reserve) and given the economic data we currently get,” said Petra Wehlert, head of capital markets at KfW. “Investors live with what they get, and they feel comfortable enough to buy into negative rates at the short end (of the yield curve).

“Investors have to manage their cash, and if there is no change in environment, the risk is limited. KfW bonds are a Bund surrogate, and portfolio managers need to buy liquid securities,” she added, while上海夜生活网 acknowledging that demand had exceeded KfW’s expectations.

Comparable examples such as the European Investment Bank’s 5 billion euro three-year deal in January 2016 came at the height of the ECB’s now-terminated asset purchase scheme — and yet the yield on that deal was much higher, at minus 0.147 percent.

The fact that KfW was able to price at such a deeply negative yield even after new asset purchases ceased seems to confirm that investors expect the euro zone economy to flat-line for years to come, and that the ECB will be unable to hike rates meaningfully for the foreseeable future.

FEW ALTERNATIVES

Mark Byrne, a syndicate official at TD Securities, which managed the deal alongside BNP Paribas and JP Morgan, said the ECB’s deposit rate of minus 0.40 percent was a clear incentive for banks to invest in such a bond.

But it was not the only reason for the demand, he said: “Not all investors have access to this (deposit facility) — central banks, asset managers and some non-euro zone banks for example. So you must look at their alternative investments.”

He cited the example of three-year German Bunds, trading around minus 0.53 percent, and three-year French government bonds — with a lower credit rating than KfW — trading at minus 0.376 percent.

“So it makes sense (to buy KfW’s bond) if you are a global central bank that needs to hold euros as part of your portfolio,” Byrne said.

As a result, the two biggest types of investor in KfW’s deal were banks, who took 38 percent of the 5 billion euros sold, and central banks, who took 35 percent.

For banks, the deposit rate is a powerful incentive — paying 26 basis points to hold KfW’s debt could be seen as an improvement on paying 40 bps to hold cash at the ECB. Both count towards the regulatory requirement that lenders hold a proportion of assets in liquid and highly rated instruments.

“The high demand from the banks as a sector overall often has to do with regulatory demand,” said Commerzbank rates strategist Rainer Guntermann. “Most investors also suspect the ECB will take some of the supply in the coming weeks.”

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).

Conte hailed Rooney’s contribution

Antonio Conte, the Chelsea manager, admitted that Wayne Rooney, the captain of his upcoming opponent, is a player who “plays with his soul” and he claimed that the Englishman has got everything to become a successful coach one day.

Rooney managed to find his old form after joining Everton back in summer and Antonio Conte knows that he should be aware of the captain before his Chelsea will face Everton in the upcoming Premier League match. The Italian coach insisted that he considers the 32-year old to be the main attacking threat of the Toffees and his players should be prepared for it.

The former Juventus coach spoke about this player as he said, according to ESPN: “We must pay great attention because Wayne Rooney is an important player, a good player. He is showing his ability. For sure, Rooney is one of the best players of Everton. I think it was a great [move] for him. He’s showing he’s a fantastic player. He’s continued to play in a fantastic way. We must pay great attention because I think Wayne Rooney is a player who, when he plays, plays with his soul. You can see this during the game.”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 also made a comment on Rooney’s decision to finish his international career: “We must have great respect for his decision. Only the player understands when the moment is arriving to say ‘stop’ when it comes to playing for the national team. We must have great respect for this decision. It’s not simple to make.”

In the end, Conte insisted that it’s not an easy thing to make such a上海夜生活网 decision: “To stop your career with the national team is not easy. I’m sure his heart is a bit broken by this decision. But, at the same time, we have to respect it because only the player understands when this moment has come.”

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.

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).

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. 

During the summer, Liverpool made it clear that they are not interested in allowing Coutinho to move, not even for €200m. However, Barcelona believe that if the player continues to put pressure on his club, he will eventually be allowed to move to Spain.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 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.”

Preview: Sporting – Olympiakos Piraeus

Sporting are still hoping to reach the knockout stages of Champions League. They are currently third in Group D, three points behind Juventus. At th上海夜网e same time, the Portuguese are three points ahead of their opponents today.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Sporting CP welcome Greek side Olympiakos to the Estádio José Alvalade for this Champions League (CL) Group D round 5 tie. This group looks to be the so called “group of death” as both of these sides were always up against the odds with Barcelona and Juventus being drawn in the same group.

The hosts have a slight glimmer of hope of qualification if Juventus lose at home and they can capitalise with a victory – this would set up a very tight final gameday in which Sporting must win in order to qualify. However, the Europa League looks like a more likely destination, even though we all know that stranger things have happened in football!

The reverse fixture in Piraeus, Greece, turned out to be a very tasty encounter. A 5-goal thriller in which Sporting came away with the win (3-2). That game was not quite as close as the scoreline suggests, as the Portuguese outfit were already 3 goals to the good by the break, with Felipe Pardo managing to score 2 last-gasp goals for Olympiakos in stoppage time.

Reports coming from Greece described that last game as “one of the worst nights in Olympiakos’ history”. They were simply spectators to a strong Portuguese side who scored 3 goals, hit the woodwork 3 times, and missed 5 one on one opportunities – the red and whites will be looking for redemption tonight in a must-win encounter.Koulibaly warns about Genk danger Nedim Maric – The reliable Napoli defender, Kalidou Koulibaly warned his team about Genk’s quality as he’s played for the Belgian side in the past.Napoli opened their…

Sporting are much less prolific on home soil. They have scored 15 goals in their last 11 home games, in contrast to their record of 25 goals in their last 9 away games. Olympiakos have lost 4 of their last 6 away from home, conceding on average 2 goals per game in this time.

Olympiakos are yet to win in the competition thus far (D1, L3), but may take inspiration from their stalemate vs the mighty Barcelona. They now must come up with 2 massive performances to retain any hope of European glory this term.

In the prematch presser, Olympiakos coach Takis Lemonis spoke of the team’s determination to qualify for the Europa League and their approach to this game: “Victory is imperative for us, but it’s not imperative to field a hoard of strikers.”

Missing players

Sporting: S. Coates (suspension), S. Doumbia (injury), J. Silva (knee injury)

Olympiakos Piraeus: E. Emenike (injury), E. Ben (doubtful), H. Milic (doubtful).

Preview: Liverpool – Southampton

Liverpool are currently 5th in the Premier League table and Jurgen Klopp’s side will be looking to catch up on the top four today when they receive the visit of 13th-placed Southampton.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield for this Premier League (PL) clash, but the visitors face an uphill task as they take on a side that are undefeated in their last 13 home games in all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp must try and reverse his poor record versus Southampton as there is no other side he has faced more in the PL without winning, drawing 3 and losing 1 of his 4 matches against them, with The Saints also knocking The上海夜生活 Reds out of the League Cup last season with a 2-0 aggregate victory in the semi-finals.

It is no secret that Liverpool defend likes strangers at times, shipping 17 goals in their 11 PL matches this season, but they have surprisingly managed to keep a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 home games in the competition.Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

Sadio Mane was sent home from international duty this week after being left out of Senegal’s final World Cup qualifier against South Africa with a reported recurrence of an old hamstring injury and is therefore a major doubt to face his former club.

If they avoid defeat in this match, Mauricio Pellegrino’s side can make it 6 consecutive games without loss against Liverpool for the first time in their history, having won 3 and drawn 2 of the last 5 meetings in all competitions.

Missing players

Liverpool: A. Bogdan (knee injury), N. Clyne (muscle injury), D. Ward (back injury), A. Lallana (doubtful)

Southampton: J. Pied (knock), M. Lemina (doubtful).

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.

Conte uncertain of Luiz’s future at the club

The defender missed Sunday’s game against Manchester United as he was not even featured in the group for the game.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he did not know if David Luiz has a future at the club after the Brazilian was left out for the Premier League showdown against the Red Devils.

Luiz was replaced by Andreas Christensen for the game against Mourinho’s men, with the full-back not even making it into the bench as 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu was chosen over him.

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Speaking after the game Conte ruled out that there is a problem with Luiz, stating it was only his form that made him leave the Brazilian out of the squad. However, he also added that he has no idea if Luiz has future at the club even though he started during the week in the Blues’ 3-0 loss to AS Roma in the Champions League.

“Luiz’s future? I don’t know. He has to work really hard otherwise he will be on the bench or in the stand,” the manager explained to the BBC after the game. The Italian also added that this could happen to each and every one of his players, should they be out of shape.

Yet, speaking before the game to Sky Sports, Conte stated that the decision was entirely from a tactical point of view: “It is a tactical decision. There is Andreas Christensen in good form and we have Ethan Ampadu who is a good, young player at the club.

“We are conceding many goals so you have to find stability and solidity. We have to be patient with the team and defend in the right way.”

Bolasie wants to make an impact

He was injured for the past 11 months but now, he is back and determined to help Everton with achieving far better results – Yannick Bolasie said that he wants to ‘come back feeling refreshed and hungry’.

The DR Congo i上海夜网nternational still isn’t 100% fit but he is close to making his return – he suffered the injury which has kept him out for the last 11 months in the Toffees 1-1 draw against Manchester United on December 4, 2016, but the player recently shared a video of himself doing ball tricks on social media, according to Goal.

The Everton winger spoke about his injury for the club website as he said: “I tend to distance myself [when I’m injured] but now that I am getting there, I am starting to watch and go to games again and I feel like I am close, and that is the main thing. It’s been almost a year but I don’t think of it like that because in that year I have been given the chance to develop myself and develop things I would have taken for granted before.”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

He also talked about his feelings: “That has taken up my time and the whole package has come together, so I’m buzzing, really, and happy with where I am at. I want to come back feeling refreshed and hungry. We have quite a few new players, it’s happened to teams in the past, but the boys are working hard to make it right.”

Bolasie is aware of the current situation of his club as he claimed: “With everything that is going on, hopefully, I can come in and give a boost to the team and I am confident that they will be confident when I come in. If the team is confident, then that helps you even more, and that makes it better for me to come back and slot in that little bit easier.”

Kola\u0161inac admits he was nervous about working with Wenger

The full-back has certainly been one of the surprises from the transfer window following a run of great performances for the Gunners.

Sead Kolašinac joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Schalke during the close-season, but has turned out a great bargain. The 24-year-old has settled in perfectly at the club from north London, but he admits he was nervous about working with his new manager.

The defender quickly became a fan favourite, featuring in almost every Premier League game so far and even scoring in Arsenal’s上海夜网 3-1 win over Koln. Kolašinac believes he has developed well at the Emirates Stadium and insists he is happy to work under Wenger despite having second thoughts about it in the beginning.Strachan: Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney similar to Virgil van Dijk Andrew Smyth – Gordon Strachan believes Arsenal new signing Kieran Tierney is a similar kind of defender to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.

“It is really a lot of fun to work alongside a manager like Wenger. He has been here ever since I can remember,” he told Arsenal’s website.

“At the start, maybe I was a bit nervous to work alongside him. The fact that he speaks German really helps me – it made it a lot easier again for me to settle in here. He is good to work with.

“The season is young but I am happy with how I’ve developed and how I have started. But I have got more potential to get better and I want to show that in the coming games.”

Valverde defends Piqu\u00e9’s handball

The Catalan boss believes the defender’s handball was simply instinctive.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde was adamant that Gerard Piqué acted unconsciously when he reached for the ball with his hand. The full-back was sent off as a result of the handball since he already had a yellow card, but Valverde is certain that the Spaniard’s actions were uninten上海夜生活网tional.

Speaking after the game, as quoted by Football Espana, Valverde stated: “When I watch games on TV, they seem placid, but it’s not the case,”

“We knew they’d get stronger once we went down to 10 men. That’s why we needed to find a second goal, so things would become easier.

“They came to defend and find a goal on the counterattack. With our opponents playing so deep, it was tough to find rhythm. Why take risks if they played deep and we had 10 men?Victor Lindelof’s agent confirms Barcelona interest Andrew Smyth – Victor Lindelof’s agent confirmed that Manchester United blocked a move to Barcelona for his client during the summer transfer window.

“Opponents disappointing? Olympiacos aren’t top [of their League] and came with the idea of surprising us in order to gain mental strength.

“They played a game that suited them, but we came away with very clear ideas.

“Piqué? I haven’t seen the replays, but I’d imagine it was all instinct, with the goal so close to him.”

Barcelona did not stop their perfect run in the Champions League as they now have three wins in three games, leading undisputedly their group in Europe.

Official: PSG sign Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain have officially announced the transfer of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

The most expected transfer of the summer has been finalised. PSG have 上海夜生活论坛signed Kylian Mbappe on a season-long loan with an option-to-buy that would tie the player to Paris until 2022. The move of the 18-year-old has been confirmed by both clubs.

The striker, currently with the France national team, said to the official website of the Parisians:“It is with great joy and pride that I join the Paris Saint-Germain. For any young person from the Paris region, it is often a dream to wear the red and blue jersey and to taste the unique atmosphere of the Parc des Princes.”Drogba tips for Neymar 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…

“I was seduced by the project of the club, it is one of the most ambitious in Europe. Along with my new teammates, I intend to continue my progression today while helping the team to achieve the very big objectives it has set itself”, Mbappe added.

It remains to be seen how PSG will deal with the FFP and how they will explain to UEFA the deal that has brought Mbappe to Paris, after having already spent €222m for Neymar.