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China’s tough rhetoric leaves trade talks with U.S. in limbo

WASHINGTON/BEIJING ( ) – China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the United States on Friday, suggesting a resumption of talks between the world’s two largest economies would be meaningless unless Washington changed course.

The tough talk capped a week that saw Beijing unveil fresh retaliatory tariffs, U.S. officials accuse China of backtracking on promises made during months of talks and the Trump administration level a potentially crippling blow against one of China’s biggest and most successful companies.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang, asked about state media reports suggesting there would be no more trade negotiations, said China always encouraged resolving disputes with the United States through dialogue and consultations. 

“But because of certain things the U.S. side has done during the previous China-U.S. trade consultations, we believe if there is meaning for these talks, there must be a show of sincerity,” he told a daily news briefing.

CNBC, citing sources, said the trade talks had stalled and the next round of discussions was “in flux.”

The United States raised Beijing’s ire this week when it announced it was putting Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker, on a blacklist that could make it extremely hard to do business with U.S. companies.

China has yet to say whether or how it will retaliate, although its state media is sounding an increasingly strident note. The ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily published on Friday a front-page commentary that evoked the patriotic spirit of the country’s past wars.

“The trade war can’t bring China down. It will only harden us to grow stronger,” it said.

Global stocks, which rebounded this week on the prospect of another round of U.S.-China talks, suffered a fresh bout of selling and China’s yuan slid to its weakest against the U.S. dollar in almost five months. Prices of U.S. government debt were trading higher.[MKTS/GLOB]

The increasingly acrimonious trade dispute has rattled investors who fear that the countries are careening dangerously down a track that will badly damage global supply lines and put the brakes on an already slowing world economy.

The South China Morning Post, citing an unidentified source, reported that a senior member of China’s Communist Party said the trade war could reduce China’s 2019 economic growth by 1 percentage point in the worst-case scenario.

“Both sides might need some prodding, but we’ve had a very clear opportunity for one side or the other … to say this isn’t going to work … and neither side did,” said Derek Scissors, an expert on Sino-U.S. economic relations at the American Enterprise Institute think tank, who put the chance of a deal this year at over 50/50.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, who has embraced protectionism as part of an “America First” agenda aimed at rebalancing global trade, has accused China of backing out of a deal earlier this month that would have ended the 10-month dispute.

Earlier this month, reported China had backtracked on commitments to change its laws to resolve core U.S. complaints about theft of intellectual property, forced technology transfers and other practices.

Trump punctuated two days of talks in Washington last week with a decision to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent. The negotiations ended in a stalemate.

On Monday, Beijing said it would raise its tariffs on a revised list of $60 billion in U.S. goods effective June 1. Trump, in turn, said he is considering slapping tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports to the United States.

The U.S. president also continues to dangle the possibility of imposin爱上海g tariffs of up to 25% on imported cars and parts, a move that could be devastating for a number of U.S. trading partners, including Japan and Germany.

The White House said on Friday that Trump’s decision on auto tariffs would be delayed by up to six months to allow more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan. Trump faced a Saturday deadline to make a decision.

It added, however, that the U.S. president agreed with findings by the U.S. Commerce Department that imported vehicles and parts can threaten U.S. national security, a designation likely to anger some U.S. allies.

Automakers have strongly opposed the tariffs, saying they would hike prices and threaten thousands of U.S. jobs. There is also strong opposition in the U.S. Congress, with many prominent members of Trump’s Republican Party rejecting the idea.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, praised the administration’s decision to delay the auto tariffs.

“Positive step. The pressure must be strong on China, not on our allies who we should encourage to join us in confronting China,” Schumer tweeted.

The United States and Canada also announced on Friday a deal to remove tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum in exchange for new curbs to keep dumped metals from China and other nations out of the U.S. market. The Mexican president’s office later said Mexico had reached a similar deal with the United States.

The metals tariffs were an aggravation for the Canadian and Mexican governments and had been a major hurdle to enacting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the deal that would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

Big U.S. hedge funds regain ardor for FAANGs in first quarter: filings

( ) – Some of the biggest, highest-profile U.S. hedge fund investors and money managers fel上海419论坛l back in love with FAANGs in the first quarter, according to regulatory filings released on Wednesday.

After dumping shares of Facebook Inc, Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc and Alphabet Inc – the FAANG components – prominent hedge fund managers including Tiger Global Management LLC have moved back into the popular group.

Tiger, managed by Chase Coleman, boosted its Facebook stake by 64.5% to 8.8 million class A shares during the first quarter, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It increased its stake in streaming company Netflix by 42.8% to 2.1 million shares. Soros Fund Management LLC opened a new stake in Netflix, holding 50,000 shares, at the end of March.

T. Rowe Price also added Facebook shares during the first quarter, increasing its stake by 19% to 107.9 million shares, as of the end of first quarter.

Netflix shares gained 2.7% to close at $354.99 and Facebook gained 3.1% to close at $186.27.

FAANG’s return to vogue in 2019 has mostly outpaced the broader market’s recovery, with Netflix surging 33% year to date, despite slowing user expansion and the threat of Walt Disney Co’s upcoming video streaming service. Facebook has surged more than 40% in 2019 as investors bet that regulatory threats and calls to break up the world’s largest social network will not endanger its meteoric growth in ad sales.

High-flying FAANG stocks came back to earth late last year amid fears that a decade-old bull market was fading.

“Facebook’s stock price has been hammered on the back of recent controversies, making what was already a very attractive return outlook for the stock even brighter,” Paul Greene, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Communications & Technology Fund and Facebook analyst for the firm, wrote at the end of 2018. “In my view, all the worries surrounding Facebook have been more than discounted in the stock, and we have been eagerly adding to our position.”

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Quarterly disclosures of hedge fund managers’ stock holdings in 13F filings with the SEC are one of a few public ways of tracking what the managers are buying and selling. But the disclosures are made 45 days after the end of each quarter and may not reflect current positions.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc said it owned $860.6 million of Amazon shares at the end of March, after the billionaire earlier this month admitted to having underestimated the online retailer and its chief executive, Jeff Bezos.

Buffett, who told CNBC in early May that Berkshire had bought Amazon shares for the first time, detailed the stake in Wednesday’s 13F filing, revealing that Berkshire took a stake in the first quarter totaling 483,300 shares.

Buffett had told CNBC that the Amazon investment was made by one of his portfolio managers, Todd Combs or Ted Weschler, and said he had been “an idiot” for not investing in Amazon himself.

Amazon shares on March 29, the last trading day of that month, closed at $1,780.85. On Wednesday they finished at $1,871.15.

Bank results curb Wall Street, oil falls as Russia mulls production boost

NEW YORK ( ) – Underwhelming quarterly results from U.S. banks limited gains in world stocks on Monday, and oil prices fell after Russia said it and OPEC may decide to boost production.

The U.S. benchmark S&P 500 stock index dipped after Goldman Sachs Group and Citigroup Inc both reported quarterly revenue below consensus estimates, though the index pared losses in afternoon trading.

Wall Street’s slight drop kept MSCI’s gauge of global equities, which has risen more than 14% this year, largely unchanged. It inched up 0.02% after trading in negative territory for much of Monday’s session.

“Right now, the market is sitting tight,” said Keith Lerner, chief market strategist at SunTrust Advisory Services in Atlanta. “There’s not really a reason to be overly aggressive or defensive until we see more earnings.”

The U.S. earnings season is being used to gauge the strength of corporate America in the face of major challenges to growth.

While U.S. corporate earnings are widely expected to drop year-over-year for the first quarter, analysts anticipate an increase in revenue. As a result, equity investors will likely follow top-line results closely, said Oliver Pursche, chief market strategist at Bruderman Asset Management in New York.

“People are focusing on the revenue numbers, and they’re virtually in line if not slightly disappointing so far,” he said.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 27.53 points, or 0.1%, to 26,384.77, the S&P 500 lost 1.83 points, or 0.06%, to 2,905.58 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 8.15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 7,976.01.

Upbeat news on U.S.-China trade talks cushioned the disappointing revenue reports.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he hoped the trade talks were approaching a final lap. reported on Sunday that U.S. negotiators have tempered demands that China curb industrial subsidies as a condition for a trade deal after strong resistance from Beijing.

The trade optimism helped European equities edge upward, with the STOXX 600 closing up 0.15%.

Oil prices, however, fell after Russia’s finance minister said Russia and OPEC may decide to boost production given record output from the United States.

Brent crude futures settled at $71.18 a barrel, down 37 cents for a 0.52% loss. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures settled at $63.40 a barrel, down 49 cents for a 0.77% loss.

Monday’s trading marked a pause after last week’s rally, when Brent broke through the $70 threshold and U.S. crude posted six straight weeks of gains for the first time since early 2016.

This week, investors across asset classes will examine data for signs of whether a cooling in the global economy is turning around. The data includes Germany’s ZEW survey and Chinese gross domestic product due on Wednesday. U.S. retail sales and housing data, which will give a glimpse into whether the U.S. economy is withstanding the broader slowdown, are also scheduled for release this week.

“Every data release will be monitored and scrutinized by analysts to see if there are stronger underpinnings for the economy,” said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey. “Even if there is an earnings recession, it’s a positive if we see demand picking up.”

Long-dated U.S. Treasury yields fell from four-week highs on Monday, while the dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, fell 0.04%.

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Obama urges more consumer choices for cable TV set-top boxes

WASHINGTON ( ) – The Obama administration on Friday weighed in on the debate over allowing consumers to switch from pricey cable television boxes to less expensive devices, urging regulators to set an example for the rest of government on how to boost competition.

Consumers can spend nearly $1,000 over four years renting cable set-top boxes. Allowing consumers to chose devices or apps they can own could mean quick savings, according to the administration.

“Competition is good for consumers,” President Barack Obama said in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “And ultimately it’s good for business. The more competition we have, the more products, services, innovation takes place.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in February proposed a rule to open competition in the $20 billion television set-top box market.

It set a 60-day comment period for the rule that could deal a fina上海419论坛ncial blow to cable companies. The administration issued a rare filing on the rule by the FCC, an independent agency.

The rule would allow consumers to obtain video services from providers such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, Apple Inc and TiVo In, instead of cable, satellite and other television providers such Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc.

It was unclear if the rule will be implemented before Obama leaves office in January.

Cable and television companies have lashed out against the proposal, saying it could stifle innovation. Under the rule, minority programmers would be damaged, consumers would lose privacy protections and be saddled with the costs of re-engineering networks, said Michael Powell, the head of trade group National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

The companies also contended the White House is pressuring the FCC, which they said was inappropriate. “This action not only damages the only companies seriously investing to build broadband infrastructure for this country, it also does great harm to the confidence we should be able to have in the impartiality of the FCC’s proceedings,” said Jim Cicconi, a senior executive vice president at AT&T Inc.

Obama will also sign an executive order on Friday calling on federal agencies and departments to report in 60 days on areas where additional measures can be taken to open competition.

In a teleconference call with reporters, Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, would not speculate on what kind of pro-competition measures the order could spur. The administration is looking to add to consumer-friendly actions on cell phones, net neutrality and retirement advice.

“This is going to be a whole of government effort to empower consumers, workers and small businesses,” Furman said.

‘Reality’ of 9/11 report less damaging than rumors: U.S. Democrat

WASHINGTON ( ) – The top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee called on Wednesday for the release of part of a government report on the Sept. 11 attacks, 上海龙凤419saying this would diminish speculation that the 28 pages contained proof of Saudi involvement.

“The release of these pages will not end debate over the issue, but it will quiet rumors over their contents,” Representative Adam Schiff, the intelligence panel’s ranking Democrat, said in a statement. “As is often the case, the reality is less damaging than the uncertainty.”

The still-classified section of the official report on the 2001 attacks is central to a dispute over whether Americans should be able to sue the Saudi Arabian government for damages. The Office of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence is reviewing the material to see whether it can be declassified.

Congressional aides said members of the House intelligence committee had seen the report.

President Barack Obama, who was visiting Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, said he would not sign legislation making its way through Congress that would allow such lawsuits, if the Saudis were found to have any responsibility.

Schiff has repeatedly called for the declassification of the 28-page report section. In his statement on Wednesday, he suggested the release of a redacted version to help address speculation that they contained proof of official Saudi government or senior Saudi officials’ involvement in the attacks.

The 9/11 commission investigated those claims and never found sufficient evidence to support them, Schiff said.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares supported by global growth hopes, eyes on earnings

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* MSCI ex-Japan starts higher, Nikkei at 4-1/2-month top

* Sentiment boosted by China data, JPMorgan results

* Aussie dollar near 7-week highs, greenback subdued

By Swati Pandey

SYDNEY, April 15 ( ) – Asian shares started on a firm footing on Monday and the dollar eased as risk appetite was whetted by better-than-expected data from China that helped boost confidence about the health of the world economy.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.1 percent with South Korea’s KOSPI up 0.5 percent. Australian shares slightly weaker.

Japan’s Nikkei jumped 1.3 percent to the highest since early December.

Investors have been fretting about a global growth slowdown this year as trade disputes and tighter financial conditions hit demand. Last week, the International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the world economy for the third time in six months.

There have also been worries that weakness in key economies, including China, could spread to other countries, especially if elevated trade tensions between Beijing and Washington escalated further.

That explains why investors cheered Chinese data showing exports rebounded in March to 爱上海a five-month high while new bank loans jumped by far more than expected. Total bank lending in the first three months of 2019 hit a record quarterly tally of 5.81 trillion yuan ($866.7 billion).

“Markets were buoyed by an improvement in China’s data which saw risk appetite improve,” ANZ said in a note to clients.

“A sustained improvement in the data will be important before confidence is restored. In the meantime, policymakers remain committed to setting ‘growth friendly’ monetary and fiscal policies.”

News over the weekend added to the upbeat mood. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday a U.S.-China trade agreement would go “way beyond” previous efforts to open China’s markets to U.S. companies and hoped that the two sides were “close to the final round” of negotiations.

Also helping sentiment, the Group of 20 industrialised nations have called for a trade truce in a sign world leaders are prepared to take action to curtail risks of a global economic slowdown.

“We expect a relatively market-friendly U.S.-China deal,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch global economist Ethan Harris said in a note. “In our view, market and political concerns will constrain future fights. Think ‘skirmishes’ rather than ‘major battles.’”

The risk sensitive Australian dollar, which is also used as a proxy for China plays, hovered near a seven-week top at $0.7173.

Investors are next looking to China’s March-quarter gross domestic product data due Wednesday. All eyes are also on corporate earnings from major U.S. companies after quarterly results from JPMorgan handily beat analyst estimates last week.

All that positive news boosted Wall Street on Friday with the Dow jumping 1 percent, the S&P500 climbing 0.7 percent and the Nasdaq adding 0.5 percent.

In currencies, the dollar index was a shade weaker at 96.909 against a basket of major currencies as demand for safe haven assets eased. It had slipped to a near three-week trough of 96.745 on Friday.

The euro held at $1.1302 as dealers were gearing up for demand from Japan as Mitsubishi UFJ Financial closed in on its multi-billion-euro acquisition of DZ Bank’s aviation-finance business.

The common currency was also supported by encouraging data from the euro zone where industrial output in February declined by less than expected.

In commodities, oil provided big milestones, with Brent breaking through the $70 threshold last week and the U.S. benchmark posting six straight weeks of gains for the first time since early 2016.

Commodities have had the best first-quarter start ever, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said, calling the annualised returns they are tracking the strongest in the past 100 years.

Brent crude oil futures was last off 31 cents at $71.24 while crude futures, the U.S. benchmark, eased 45 cents to $63.44.

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Canada trade deficit second highest on record due to cheap crude

OTTAWA ( ) – Canada’s trade deficit shrank slightly to C$4.25 billion ($3.17 billion) in January, the second highest on record, as low crude prices continued to eat into the value of exports, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday.

Analysts in a poll had forecast a shortfall of C$3.50 billion. Statscan revised Decemb爱上海er’s deficit to C$4.82 billion from an initial C$4.59 billion.

Exports grew 2.9 percent to C$47.58 billion – the first increase since July 2018 – as the value of oil shipments jumped by 36.5 percent due to higher prices. Even so, crude export prices remained 40.1 percent below their July peak.

Export Development Canada chief economist, Peter Hall, said he was “still looking at the overall picture with some concern.”

Hall noted, though, that exports of industrial machinery, equipment and parts climbed 4.7 percent on the month while shipments of electronic and electrical equipment and parts were up by 1.9 percent.

“To me, they are a bellwether of underlying strength in the U.S. economy,” he said in a telephone interview.

Exports of other crop products sank 25.4 percent, as soybean shipments to China slipped after a record year in 2018.

Imports gained 1.5 percent to a record C$51.82 billion, as imports of aircraft soared six-fold from December, reflecting the arrival of airliners from the United States.

The Canadian dollar extended its decline on the news, slipping to C$1.3427 to the U.S. dollar, or 74.48 U.S. cents.

Canada sent 71.5 percent of all its goods exports to the United States in January. Exports to the United States rose by 1.1 percent while imports edged up by 1.8 percent and as a result, the bilateral trade surplus shrank to C$1.56 billion from C$1.77 billion in December.

The Bank of Canada, which has put interest rate hikes on hold until data shows the economy recovering from a slump caused in part by low oil prices, is widely expected to sit on the sidelines at its next policy announcement on April 24.

“Over the first quarter as a whole, net trade is on track to weigh on GDP growth for the first time in a year,” said Stephen Brown, senior Canada economist at Capital Economics.

Publication of the January data was delayed from March 7 due to a partial U.S. government shutdown.

RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Doubts increase that Q1 will be earnings low point

(Repeats column from Friday, March 22)

By Caroline Valetkevitch

NEW YORK, March 22 ( ) – As Wall Street braces for what may be the first U.S. profit decline since 2016, investors say the first quarter may not mark the low point for 2019 earnings.

In the immediate term, markets could be roiled depending on what or if any information is released from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, which was submitted to Attorney General William Barr late on Friday.

Concerns about economic weakness in the United States and abroad and the lack of a U.S.-China trade deal are hanging over the longer-term outlook, even as the Federal Reserve’s dovish stance on interest rates is expected to relieve some of the pressure on companies and the economy.

In a troubling sign for the U.S. outlook, a report on Friday showed U.S. manufacturing activity unexpectedly cooled in March, and the spread between three-month Treasury bills and 10-year note yields inverted for the first time since 2007. An inverted Treasury yield curve is seen as a warning of a coming recession.

As stocks sold off in December, some investors worried 2019 would bring a profit recession for S&P 500 companies, defined as at least two quarters of year-over-year declines. The last U.S. profit recession ran from July 2015 through June of 2016.

Analysts, after cutting earnings forecasts for 2019, now expect a 1.7 percent year-over-year earnings decline in the first quarter, and some profit growth for the rest of the year, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

With the Fed on pause and stocks rebounding, optimism see爱上海419med to be increasing that the profit outlook would stabilize after hitting a low point in the current quarter. Many investors say that is now less certain.

“It would be great if Q1 represented a low point, but I’m not betting on it,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Cresset Capital Management in Chicago.

“I worry that the comparisons are going to be much more difficult as we navigate the rest of the year.”

This year’s earnings growth already was expected to shrink dramatically compared with 2018, when steep corporate tax cuts fueled earnings gains of about 24 percent.

Since the start of the year, the forecast for second-quarter profit growth has fallen to 3.0 percent from 6.4 percent, while estimated growth for the third quarter has dropped to 2.7 percent from 4.9 percent, based on Refinitiv’s data. The fourth-quarter growth estimate has come down as well, though it is still relatively strong, at 9.1 percent.

Those numbers could keep falling, while the first-quarter forecast is likely to improve from here. Since 1994, earnings have surprised to the upside on average by 3.2 percent, according to Refinitiv data, which suggests S&P 500 companies will post an earnings gain for the first quarter.

Still, with investors largely discounting weaker profit trends, the first-quarter reporting period could bring market volatility, Ameriprise Financial strategists said.

On Tuesday, FedEx Corp cut its 2019 profit forecast for the second time in three months, causing its stock to drop and raising fresh worries about the impact of the trade conflict on earnings. The company cited slowing global economic conditions and weaker trade growth.

Also, Nike’s shares fell 6.61 percent on Friday after it reported North American sales that fell short of expectations.

The United States initially had a deadline to reach a deal on trade with China by March 1, but the White house has said it needs more time.

“There are real concerns. FedEx’s numbers are a perfect example. There’s been a global growth slowdown, and companies are communicating that in terms of their guidance for the first quarter and throughout the year,” said Anthony Saglimbene, global market strategist at Ameriprise Financial in Troy, Michigan.

To be sure, a lot of those fears could be reversed if there is a resolution in the U.S.-China trade conflict, and if companies’ first-quarter reports are not as weak as expected, he said.

Strategists said they expect to hear more from companies on the trade conflict when first-quarter reporting kicks into high gear around mid-April.

“So much is dependent on what we do with the trade situation with China. The real issue will be the global economy, and in particular, trade with China,” said Rick Meckler, partner at Cherry Lane Investments, a family investment office in New Vernon, New Jersey.

Image sharing website Pinterest files for IPO

( ) – Pinterest Inc, the owner of the image search website known for the food and fashion photos that its users post, filed for an initial public offering with U.S. regulators on Friday, looking to tap into a red-hot market for new stock offerings.

The filing comes a day after jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co’s blockbuster debut, and ride-hailing service providers Lyft Inc and Uber are set to pursue much-anticipated listings. Investors are anticipating 2019 may be one of the most active years ever for tech IPOs.

Pinterest, which plans to list under the symbol “PINS” on the New York Stock Exchange, set a placeholder amount of $100 million to indicate the size of the IPO. The final size will change.

reported in January Pinterest could raise around $1.5 billion and that the IPO was likely to come in the first six months of 2019.

The company was valued at $12 billion in its last fundraising round in 2017.

The San Francisco-based company has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008, boasting in the regulatory filing that it reaches more than 250 million monthly active users, two thirds of whom are female.

Pinterest said its annual爱上海419 revenue in 2018 was $755.9 million, up 60 percent compared to 2017. Nevertheless, it remains unprofitable with a net loss of $62.97 million, narrowing from a net loss of $130 million a year earlier.

Like Lyft, Pinterest plans to go public with a dual-class share structure to concentrate voting power with Class B shareholders, which include co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Silbermann.

However, Pinterest said Class B shares will automatically convert into common shares seven years after the IPO. This conversion will not take effect if these Class B stockholders continue to own at least 50 percent of their shares held at the time of the IPO.

This follows a trade group representing top U.S. pension funds and asset managers asking exchanges to require companies seeking to go public with share classes with unequal voting rights to have plans to equalize them within seven years.

Investors focused on corporate governance have criticized dual-class share structures after the likes of Snapchat parent Snap Inc and meal-kit maker Blue Apron Holdings Inc went public since with little or no voting representation for certain investors.

Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan are the lead underwriters on the Pinterest IPO.

Paris attacks may reshape U.S. presidential race

WASHINGTON/DES MOINES, Iowa ( ) – The lethal attacks in Paris have the potential to reshape the U.S. presidential race, placing a new emphasis on issues of national security, border control, and counterterrorism, while perhaps bolstering candidates who talk toughest about taking on Islamic State militants both at home and abroad.

National security has not assumed a central place in a U.S. presidential election for more than a decade as the economy preoccupied American voters. But with the nation’s economic health on the upswing and the threat of Islamic terrorism now looming in Europe, that may change.

National security will be the focus of Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa, with the front-runner, Hillary Clinton, expected to be pressed on how she would confront the threat from Islamic State and other terror groups.

“Something as startling, as shocking as these attacks are going to propel (national security) back to center stage,” said Brian Katulis, a foreign-policy analyst with the Center for American Progress, a think-tank in Washington.

In the immediate aftermath of the coordinated assaults in Paris, which killed at least 129 and injured 352 more and for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, conservative presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz called on the Obama administration to reconsider plans to allow thousands of Syrian refugees to be resettled in the United States.

“With the problems our country has, to take in 250,000 people, some of whom are going to have problems, big problems, is just insane,” Trump said at a rally Saturday in Beaumont, Texas.

In an interview with Fox News, Cruz, a senator from Texas, called taking in refugees “lunacy.”

The White House aims to increase to 10,000 the number of Syrian refugees accepted in the United States during fiscal year 2016, from the less than 2,000 accepted in the previous year.

Another Republican contender, Carly Fiorina, criticized the Obama administration for not building a stronger coalition in the Middle East in the fight against Islamic State.

“Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Bahrainis, the Emiratis, the Kurds, all our fighting ISIS on the ground as we speak,” Fiorina said in a campaign appearance in Florida on Saturday. “And all, every single one of them have asked the United States of America for support, for weapons, for material, for intelligence sharing. Mostly this administration has said no. I will say yes.”

Peter Feaver, a former top aide to the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration, said the attacks may swing Republican primary voters toward more practiced candidates such as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. “I think the adult candidates have an opportunity,” Feaver said. “This is why we elect serious leaders.”

Added Republican strategist Ron Bonjean: “The race will become much more serious to voters who are reminded about the seriousness of picking a leader.”

So far, most Republicans candidates have stopped short of detailing a policy response to Islamic State the Paris attacks. Bush called it “the war of our time, while Marco Rubio, the U.S. senator from Florida, said it was “a clash of civilizations.”


While Republicans on the campaign trail have consistently hammered President Barack Obama for the prosecution of the U.S. response against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, they, for the most part, have resisted calling for a more aggressive troop presence in the region.

Cruz, Trump, and Ben Carson, another leading candidate, have been the party’s most vocal in terms of sealing the border to contain the threat of domestic terrorism. Carson has said that no Muslim should be eligible to be elected president.

“Carson has the most to lose爱上海419 as this happens,” Bonjean said, “because he lacks a working foreign policy knowledge and is not comfortable talking in detail national security issues.”

The last presidential election to turn on national security is widely viewed to have been in 2004, three years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, when President George W. Bush was re-elected over Democratic challenger John Kerry.

The Democratic debate Saturday, to be broadcast by CBS, will afford Clinton the opportunity to display her command of foreign policy, an area where the former secretary of state has a significant edge on rivals Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

With an eye on a potential November 2016 general election match-up against Republicans, Clinton will try to take a tough line on battling terrorism without appearing defensive about her years of leading Obama’s foreign policy team.

She is likely to be asked by the debate moderators about Obama’s remarks in an interview aired Friday that Islamic State has been “contained.” Those words were widely criticized on social media Friday as the events in Paris played out.

A foreign policy focus in the debate would constitute a shift of emphasis in a Democratic presidential race that so far has been dominated by domestic economic issues such as income inequality, college affordability and family leave.

The debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, the state that holds the first nominating contest on Feb. 1, will begin at 9 p.m. EST.

Dyche believes that Arfield will decide to stay

Sean Dyche, the Burnley head coach, believes that his key midfielder, Scott Arfield, will decide to sign a new contract and will stay despite numerous clubs being interested in him.

Scott Arfield has been doing really well for Burnley and he has helped his team to play in the first half of the Premier League while being probably the biggest surprise of this season and beating a lot of famous English clubs, for example, Chelsea away from home. To be said, Arfield has been offered a new contract and Dyche hopes that he will decide to sign it as soon as possible…

The talented 上海龙凤419British coach spoke about one of his key players as he said, according to Sky Sports: “We’ve had talks with him. He’s sat tight on an offer so we’ll keep open minds, as will he I hope, to what comes next. I have been [keen for him to stay] for a long time. Scott knows where it all stands, he knows the club’s situation and he’s been a very good player for us and continues to be. He’s got a little injury at the minute but we hope that clears up quickly.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He also added that now, it is down to Arfield: “We stay in contact with all of the players and their agents; we try and have as open lines of communication as we can with all parties. Every player has a right to decide what their thoughts are on their contractual situation, that’s football. Both parties have to agree, that’s what it comes down to.”

In the end, Sean Dyche claimed that he has been very happy with the new arrival, N’Koudou: “We’ll make a decision on whether we think he should start or be on the bench, but he’ll be involved. He’s been bright in training and I think he’s got a thirst for it because he’s waited a long time. He’s had moments at Tottenham but they’ve got a very deep squad so I think he’s had to wait for his and try to earn his chance but that hasn’t come around.”

Mills certain that Carroll should be an option for England

Danny Mills, the former England international, believes that Gareth Southgate will have to consider Andy Carroll to be a serious attacking option for his national team squad as he managed to come back after an injury and score a brace in his latest match.

The f爱上海ormer Liverpool attacker was selected by David Moyes to lead his side up front and he helped his team to come from behind and beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at home by scoring both of these goals.  Mills believes that if Carroll will be fit, he is going to be a great option for a national team as he is great in the air and he can make a huge impact.

The former England international spoke about Carroll’s performances as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I certainly think he would be a Plan B or a Plan C, whichever way you want to look at it. I mean aerially he is fantastic. He is still, without a doubt, one of the best headers of the ball in the Premier League.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He also continued by adding that he is worth taking to the World Cup: “If he’s fit he’s got to be worth taking to the World Cup. I think there is certainly room for him in the 23 – I think it’s his fitness [that is the only issue]. You need to take players who are on form or fit or offer something different. Certainly, he offers something different and if you need to nick a goal, if you need a set piece or need to put a ball into the box aerially, there aren’t too many better headers of the ball in Europe than Andy Carroll.”

In the end, Danny Milles claimed that West Ham will be able to avoid the relegation: “I don’t think West Ham have any issues about survival now. I think the bottom of the table is so congested. With a win and a draw you can almost leap up six places – that’s how tight it is. I think West Ham have enough quality to get themselves out of it.”

Le Tissier believes that Kane can be Tottenham legend

Matt Le Tissier, the former Tottenham player, believes that Harry Kane could become a perfect example of club loyalty as he is the right man to spend the rest of his career at this club despite being linked with teams like Real Madrid.

上海419论坛The Frenchman insisted that he is certain that Kane is loyal to the club and there is a huge possibility that he will spend his whole career with the Spurs. To be said, Kane managed to score 21 goals in 31 meetings with his club’s London rivals and it shows that his heart beats for Tottenham and he is able to help them when they need it the most.

The former Tottenham player spoke about his former side’s star player as he said, according to Sky Sports:  “I think the fact he loves playing for his club is huge and when you play in big local derbies it means a lot more, which is a brilliant thing for Spurs. I think that his love for Tottenham gives him a different edge to other players and his intensity levels reach a higher level. I would imagine that has benefited his career generally as he’s comfortable with playing at such intensity as Tottenham have so many derby matches.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He continued by adding that Kane is a perfect example of a professional: “There’s also the fact that he is the consummate professional, knows how to control his emotions and feed off the pressure and he seems to be sorted on and off the pitch, which certainly helps.”

In the end, Matt Le Tissier insisted that he can’t see any reason that would force Kane to leave the club:  “I don’t see why he wouldn’t stay there for the rest of his career. People talk about money a lot but you’d think once they’ve moved into their new stadium they’ll loosen their purse strings and probably offer him twice as he’s on now.”

Boateng offers support to Matuidi

The Germany international has also been a subject of racial abuse during his time in Italy.

Kevin-Prince Boateng has insisted that „we’re in this 上海龙凤419together“ as he offered support to Juve midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

The Bianconeri midfielder was subjected to racial abuse during a Serie A game against Cagliari as he openly spoke about it and insisted that such things should not happen in modern football.

Boateng, who walked off the pitch during his time with AC Milan after being racially abused in a friendly against  Pro Patria, insisted he would always be ready to support Matuidi and also asked for more serious consequences for the clubs if their fans promote racist behavior.

I’m suffering for Blaise, he was insulted for the colour of his skin,” Boateng told Frankfurter Neuen Presse.

“Just think how that feels. What’s sad is that – at most – in these cases a club gets fined €20,000. It’s ridiculous.

“I suffer with him, I’ve asked for his phone number so I can call him. We need to present a united front and stand against these things.Ramsey warns of old teammate Sanchez threat George Patchias – Aaron Ramsey has warned his new Juventus team of the threat posed by a fit and in form Alexis Sanchez.Aaron Ramsey swapped Arsenal for…

“We’re all in this together.”

Boateng also expressed his disappointment and shock with fashion brand H&M and their latest advert which showed a black child dressed in a hoodie reading ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle’, while a white child wore a hoodie that bore the words ‘Mangrove Jungle Survival Expert’.

“I was shaking with rage when I saw that advert,” added Boateng.

“I’m angry and sad that these things still happen. For such a big company to make such an error, even unintentionally, is very sad.

“And no-one can tell me it has nothing to do with racism. I’ve been called a monkey too many times, excuses aren’t enough.

“Such a mistake just shouldn’t happen.”

Conte happy with Barkley’s arrival

Antonio Conte, the Chelsea head coach, spoke about his 爱上海419team’s new arrival – Chelsea managed to sign Ross Barkley from Everton and the Italian is very happy to have such a talented player in his squad.

To be said, Conte also spoke about the possibility of getting Andy Carroll from West Ham United and he admitted that he is not sure at all about this transfer. The Englishman managed to score twice against West Bromwich Albion in his side’s crucial relegation battle and he has been linked with a possible move to Chelsea but it’s not likely to happen.

The former Juventus coach spoke about these transfers as he said that his opinion is taken into consideration but it’s not decisive, according to Sky Sports: “As I’ve said before, I don’t know. I gave my opinion to the club but the club then decides the players we can buy or we can sell.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He also added that he is not the one who is in charge of the recruitment: “It is the club that signs the players, not me. Recruitment is not my job. The club try to do the best for this team and try to improve this team. I am a coach and I give my opinion if the club asks for it. But it is the club that decides on the players.”

In the end, Antonio Conte claimed that he doesn’t even care about the speculations anymore as Diego Simeone has been linked with his position: “This is my job and there are a lot of rumours,” said Conte. “This season there is a lot of speculation but it is normal. When you are an important coach this is your life.”

Barkley himself was glad that the transfer was finally completed: “I’m overwhelmed, I’m looking forward to it and I’m really excited to get started.”

Sterling doubts that the derby will decide the title race

Raheem Sterling is certain that his Manchester City can remain at the top of the Premier League table till the end of the season but he denied that the title race can be decided with a possible win in the derby match against Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City managed to win their last 13 straight Premier League matches and they are currently at the top of the table, eight points ahead of their second-placed upcoming opponent. Meanwhile, United were unbeaten in their last 40 home matches and they are looking to add another piece to that extraordinary r爱上海un.

The England international, Raheem Sterling, spoke about the upcoming match as he said, according to ESPN: “It’s a massive game. Two teams competing on all fronts, two teams that are local, two teams that will be pushing each other to the death in the Premier League. It’s going to be a game that really shows who is really up for it. I’m not going to say it will decide the season but it will give the other one a bit of confidence and we’re going to try to be the team on the day to make it count.”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…

But he denied that anything will be decided after that match: “It’s the Premier League — anything can happen in this league; you’ve seen it probably more times than I have. Things can change just like that so you can never rule anyone out. At the moment [United] are playing really well, scoring some good goals and they’ve got amazing players — any of their players can score goals, they’ve got top, top ability.”

In the end, the former Liverpool player insisted that he knows a lot of players from the opponent’s squad: “I probably played against Paul when I was younger. When I was at Liverpool, he was at United. Jesse [Lingard] with England, Marcus [Rashford] — yeah [I know] a few of them actually. I know a few of them and they’re all good lads to be fair, the England ones. They’re all quiet, friendly people.”

Guardiola doesn’t remember being offered the United job

Pep Guardiola was enjoying his season off after he had left Barcelona and he was visited by his “good friend”, Sir Alex Ferguson, in New York back in 2012 – but he can’t remember that he was offered to take over at Manchester United after him.

It wasn’t sure who was considered as the number-one option for replacing Sir Alex Ferguson after he had decided to retire but in the end, David Moyes was given a chance to continue with his legacy. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola decided to continue with his career in Germany when he became a coach of Bayern Munich – and now, the Spaniard is about to face the team he could possibly coach himself.

The former Barcelona coach spoke his meeting with爱上海 Ferguson as he said, according to Sky Sports: “If he suggested to me something like I go to Old Trafford, I don’t remember. I know he has said that but I don’t remember. We spoke about life, about football, the Premier League but he never sent me a message under the table to say, ‘you know maybe United…’ or something like that.”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: “It was just two friends, good friends, colleagues in football, talking about many things. I remember when he spoke a little bit fast it was difficult to understand him! But it was nice because he chose an amazing restaurant and, of course, he paid.”

In the end, the Spaniard mentioned that respects his opponent’s current coach, José Mourinho, despite being different from him: “We have faced each other many times in big moments. My opinion about what he has done as a manager will never change. I know the way we see the game is different but we love to compete, we love to win games. Believe me, it is not a special situation when I beat somebody’s teams at all. I want to win but when I lose I accept the defeat and I try to learn from that for the next one. Then we move on.”

Zanetti urges Argentina’s national squad to support Messi

The former defender is adamant that Lionel Messi must be helped by his team if his country is to challenge for the 2018 World Cup.

Ex-Argentina international Javier Zanetti has warned the national squad of his country, insisting that the players cannot solely rely on Messi to lead them to glory.

The Catalan took matters in his own hands as Argentina faced Ecuador in the final qualification clash, netting a well-timed hat-trick to seal his team a spot in the showcase tournament in Russia next year. Messi will certainly be expected to inspire his country to World Cup glory in 2018 following a second place in the last edition of the tournament as Germany came out victorious with a stoppage-time winner.

However, Zanetti has warned the footballers of his nation that they must offer support to the five time Ballon d’Or winner since he cannot be the only one to carry the expectations.

“Messi is an extraordinary player, but your squad is pivotal: at a World Cup, the 11 players on the pitch and everyone else in the group can all play an important role,” the Argentine told FIFA’s official website.Ernesto Valverde praises Lio上海龙凤419nel Messi’s “fantastic” impact Andrew Smyth – Ernesto Valverde praised a not fully-fit Lionel Messi’s impact as Barcelona came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 on Wednesday.

“We know that he’s the guy who can produce something special out of nothing, who can make things happen and be the match-winner, but [Jorge] Sampaoli has to come up with alternatives.”

Zanetti also hopes that promising players such as Paulo Dybala Mauro Icardi will be able to translate their domestic form onto the international scene, which would certainly bolster the offensive options of Argentina.

“Now Mauro Icardi has got his chance, which is richly deserved because of what he’s doing for Inter Milan. Mauro can be useful for the national team, but that doesn’t mean Higuain shouldn’t be in the squad.

“Argentina are lucky enough to have an embarrassment of riches up front, from Pipita to Icardi, Dybala, Messi and so on.”

Buffon leaves Italy door open

The legendary goalkeeper announced his retirement from the national s爱上海419quad just two weeks ago, but admits he would never turn Azzuri call down.

Juventus and Italy icon Gianluigi Buffon admitted he might return to the national team. The Italian bid farewell to the national team following a disappointing round of play-offs against Sweden and failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Even though it appeared as if Buffon is completely done with the Azzuri, the 39-year-old admitted he would be open to return to the national squad if he is needed in the future.

“I took a break from the national team,” Buffon stated, according to FourFourTwo.Sarri still isn’t ready to field Ronaldo, Dybala and Higuain onto the pitch Nedim Maric – Juventus slid to an easy 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen last night with Higuain, Bernardesci, and Ronaldo scoring for Sarri’s side.After a convincing win,…

“Both for Juventus and for the national team I have always considered myself a soldier,” the Italian continued.

“Even when I’m 60 I could never turn down any call because I have in me the concept of nation.”

Despite the fact Italy did not reach the showcase tournament in Russia next year, with many putting the blame on Ventura and his decisions, Buffon did not want to point at the sacked manager as the only person responsible.

“Ventura has done the best job he could, but unfortunately we were unable to score in the two games against Sweden,” 

Lukaku reaches milestone for country

The Red Devils striker has reached 30 goals for his country.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Belgium in their 3-3 draw against Mexico, levelling the record of Paul van Himst and Bernard Voorhoof. The 24-year-old has been struggling in front of the goal recently, not netting for Manchester United in his last seven games.

However, his second goal against Mexico on Friday helped him reach a milestone for his country, joining the all time top scorers for Belgium at a very young age.

“At my young age to have achieved something great like this is really good,” said Lukaku as quoted by Sky Sports.Report: Lukaku out of Barcelona game George Patchias – Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out of Inter Milan’s game against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.Inter Milan face Barcelona tomorrow evening at the Camp…

“But there is a lot of work to be done everyday and I’m just relishing the challenges on a weekly basis.”

The striker also lauded Belgium’s opponent, stating that if they can keep the form they showed against his country, Mexico would do great at the World Cup next year.

“I knew they were a good team and I knew they爱上海 had a lot of individual talent,” he added.

“I think they’re a really good team and if they perform like that, they’ll be very dangerous for a lot of teams at the World Cup.”

Ryan Giggs confirms Everton rumours

After Craig Shakespeare and Ronald Koeman were sacked by their clubs, Ryan Giggs has confirmed that he would be interested in taking charge of Leicester or Everton as these sides are looking for a new manager.

The former Manchester United player claimed that he is “interested” to restart his career as a manager – he gained his first experience back in 2014 when he was a head coach of Manchester United after they have sacked David Moyes. Last season he was thought to be a good option for both Swansea and Southampton but now he said that he is glad he waited for the right option.

The 43-year old United legend said, according to ESPN: “I think you look at those two teams, Leicester being champions two seasons ago, Everton being a fantastic club with a fantastic history, for me these are clubs I would be interested in. However, there are a lot of coaches out there who would be interested in those positions.”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them fo上海龙凤419r aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

“I’ve said all along that I’d be open to clubs which share the ambitions of myself. I want to improve clubs and improve players, to enjoy working for them and for players to enjoy the challenge.”

But he also added that the Premier League status is not a crucial thing for him: “There are clubs in the Premier League which would be good jobs but also in the Championship and League One. It’s more about the philosophy for me than the stature of the club.”

There are obviously other candidates for these jobs – Sam Allardyce is expected to be the main candidate to replace Koeman and former Crystal Palace and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is thought to be an option for Leicester. So nothing has been decided yet, but Ryan Giggs is certainly closer to his dream job.

Guardiola upset about the situation in Catalonia

Following his team’s last victory, Pep Guardiola has shared his thoughts on the Catalan crisis and he named it  a “sad day for democracy” after a further escalation in his home region.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy approved implementing Article 155 of the Spanish constitution on Saturday and it will allow the Spanish government to take back some powers from the semi-autonomous Catalan parliament.

Guardiola’s Manchester City beat Burnley 3-0 and they remain at the top of the Premier League table, five points ahead of Manchester United. After this match, Guardiola was asked about his opinion on the situation in Catalonia and he said, according to Goal: “It’s a really sad day for democracy. I thought in the 21st century, those kind of things didn’t happen. Especially, for example, the Catalan parliament is older than the Spanish parliament itself. I am really, really sad. The Catalan people just wanted to vote and we want to be listened to and let the people say what they wanted to be [part of Spain or independent].Pep Guardiola opens up about Champions League ambitions Nedim Maric – Manchester City and Pep Guardiola are aiming to conquer Europe after two consecutive domestic league titles.The English champions started the league stumbling with a…

The Spaniard looked very upset as he added: “They did not allow us even that, the PP [Rajoy’s ruling Partido Popular] didn’t allow us to vote. They did what they did today just as the people protested with no violence. I think it’s a really, really sad day for democracy. The only thing we wanted was to be listened to.”

The former coach of Bayern Munich and Barcelona also claimed: “Society’s demands are stronger than any laws and I think, again, it is a really sad day for all of Europe and all the world what they did today. [Barcelona gives] absolute support for the democratic institutions of Catalonia, as chosen by its people.”

Despite this situation,上海龙凤419 Guardiola has been given a reason to be happy by his players as they performed well again – and this season has been a very successful one for his side so far.

Maradona’s advice for Harry Kane

Diego Maradona was invited by Tottenham at Wembley, to watch Pochettino’s side victory, 4-1, over Liverpool.

Before the match, the Argentinian legend met with Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris and while being full of praise towards the English striker, he also offered him some valuable piece of advice, encouraging him to be less predictable.

Tottenham posted a video on their official Twitter page, showing Maradona being introduced to Kane and warning the goalscorer about the watching goalkeepers and how he would need to make sure he does not become too predictable.

When introduced to Harry Kane, Maradona initially exclaimed: “Wow, what a goalscorer!” Then, speaking about Pochettino’s team and referring to Kane and Lloris, Maradona said: “Mauricio has a real backbone in the team. Hugo stops everything at one end and Harry puts everything in at the other.”

Towards the end of the meeting, Maradona shared some of h上海419论坛is invaluable advice on goalscoring with Harry Kane: “Oh, and Harry, don’t always go near post with your shots. Go across goal sometimes.

“You know why? Goalkeepers watch you on TV all the time. So next time… across!”

Harry Kane went on to score two goals in his side’s thrashing victory over Liverpool, 4-1, and while the striker didn’t get to put into practice Maradona’s advice, he will surely benefit from it in the future.

Barcelona and Real to battle for Sadio Mane

Barcelona have given up on Philippe Coutinho and turned their attention to another Liverpool player, but they wi爱上海ll face competition from La Liga rivals, Real Madrid.

According to Sunday Mirror, after failing to sign Coutinho from Liverpool this summer, the Catalans have switched their focus to Sadio Mane, who is seen as more of a similar type of player to Neymar and could successfully replace the Brazilian at Camp Nou.

Although he lacks the vision and technique of Coutinho, Mane is a more explosive type of player, who will be perfect for Barcelona’s wing role. His goal rate is also something very important and a decisive factor in Barcelona’s decision to attempt the transfer of the Senegalese.Real Madrid injury update ahead of Champions League clash Nedim Maric – Atletico and Real Madrid played the Madrileno derby last night which finished in a bore 0-0 draw.In the absence of Marcelo and Ferland Mendy,…

However, a move from Anfield to Camp Nou for Mane would be very difficult to accomplish. First of all, it is very likely that Liverpool will adopt the same tactic as with Coutinho and will simply refuse to negotiate any deal, not wanting to lose any of their star players.

Secondly, Florentino Perez is preparing for a new round of elections and will do everything to secure himself a new mandate at Santiago Bernabeu. For this reason, Perez is ready to rival Barcelona for every move that the Catalans will try next summer, in an attempt to raise his popularity at Real Madrid.

Messi and Ronaldo shortlisted for Player of the Year award

UEFA have announced the shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award and both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have made it, together with Gianluigi Buffon.

The award, formerly known as Best Player in Europe Award, will find its next owner on the 24th of August. Last year, the trophy was won by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi has also won the trophy twice, with Andres Iniesta and Franck Ribery the only other players to have won it.

UEFA described the procedure of selecting the shortlist in its guidelines: “The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016-17 Champions League and Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.”

Cristiano Ronaldo is favourite to win the trophy again this year, as he helped his team defend their Champions League trophy, as well as winning the La Liga title, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.Opinion: The problem isn’t Phil Coutinho, it’s Barcelona Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Now that we are getting to see Phil Coutinho’s best version at Bayern Munich, we can conclude that the problem is FC Barcelona爱上海.FC Barcelona…

Lionel Messi finished as top scorer in la Liga and won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona.

The other player on the shortlist, Gianluigi Buffon won the Serie A title and Coppa Italia with Juventus, as well as helping his team reach the final of Champions League.

The players that completed the top 10 are as follows: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Ramos, Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.