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Lockheed nears $27 billion helicopter deal with Pentagon

( ) – Lockheed Martin Corp is expected to receive Pentagon approval on Thursday to begin production for 200 new heavy cargo helicopters for the U.S. Marines, a Defense Department official said on Tuesday.

The long-expected award for the CH-53K King Stallion will cost $87 million on average ea上海夜生活网ch and $105 million including spare parts and certain service contracts, said Colonel Hank Vanderborght, who heads the program for the Pentagon. The $27 billion program also includes more than $6 billion in research and development costs.

The new helicopter, in development by Lockheed’s Sikorsky helicopter business, can lift 36,000 pounds and would replace the CH-53E Super Stallion, which has operated as the backbone of field logistics for the U.S. Marines since the mid-1980s.

The Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition Board will meet on Thursday and it is expected to approve the beginning of production of the new helicopter, Vanderborght told . A Lockheed Martin representative declined to comment.

The expected approval by the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition Board would be a major milestone for the largest U.S. defense contractor. Final terms of the production deal still are being finalized, a Defense Department official said.

Lockheed CEO Marillyn Hewson told reporters at the company’s annual media day last week that the 2015 purchase of helicopter maker Sikorsky from United Technologies Corp for $9 billion helped reshape the company.

Under pressure, Fed faces an outlook clouded by trade wars and signs of weakness

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on the Federal Reserve have broken one set of precedents, his talk of stacking the central bank with political allies has strained another, and his on-again off-again tariff threats have made the economic outlook harder than ever to predict.

While the Fed may well find reason to cut interest rates in recent weak job and inflation readings, doing so could also put a safety net under Trump policies that, to the eyes of many policymakers, have to date done more harm than good.

“There is a kind of feed the beast aspect to it,” said former Fed vice chair Alan Blinder. “Among the many things the Fed has to take as given is trade policy. And if in fact trade policy is going to push the economy into a slump, that is a reason to cut interest rates … If the Fed comes in to bail him out you encourage bad behavior.”

Fed Chair Jerome Powell and other officials insist they can only consider what is happening in the economy and the appropriate policy response, and not try to second guess what the administration does or might do.

Trump on Monday renewed his attacks on the Fed, claiming that central bank policy put him at a disadvantage in his trade negotiations with China because that country, with closer political control of its central bank, could devalue its currency or use other tools to offset the tariffs Trump has imposed on Chinese imports.

“Our Fed is very destructive to us… They haven’t listened to me,” Trump said in a CNBC interview. “They’re not my people.”

In fact, Trump elevated Powell to the Fed leadership and appointed three of the other four sitting Fed governors.

Trump has for a year berated the Fed for raising rates and other policy steps that Fed officials say are the best way for keeping the recovery under way. That broke a roughly 30-year run of presidents largely staying away from specific policy recommendations for the Fed, even if they were sometimes generically critical of the central bank.

Earlier this year, Trump threatened a fuller assault by considering the appointment of two highly partisan political allies to the central bank, straying from a tradition of more technocratic appointments.

The surprise announcement in early May of higher tariffs on China and a threatened imposition of levies on Mexican imports added to the minefield the Fed must now navigate.

Though Trump in the end chose not to impose the tariffs on Mexico, the prospect of using an economic lever for the non-economic end of border control showed how in the Trump era policy could shift abruptly for central bankers who try to keep their focus on medium- and longer-term outcomes.

“We take all kinds of things…into account,” St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said last week before Trump called off the Mexican tariffs. “There are some good policies in there. There may be some bad policies in there. But we have to take everything into account.”

NOT IN A BOX

Recent economic data are already complicating the Fed’s job. Policymakers have expected the economy to slow, but also regarded the likely slowing as modest, and not enough to warrant a rate cut.

The story shifted after Trump’s latest trade war salvo.

“I don’t feel backed into a box,” to cut rates, Dallas Federal Reserve bank president Robert Kaplan said last week. But “in the month of April I might have said … I was a little more optimistic that the outlook was firming, and today I will tell you I am more cognizant of risks to the downside. That is a pretty big change in a relatively short amount of time.”

Whether it is enough for the Fed to put a rate cut squarely on the table will become clearer next week. Fed officials will hold their policy meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, and issue updated rate projections. They will also have to decide whether to maintain their “patient” approach to changing rates from the current range of between 2.25% and 2.5%, or drop that description in a sign that they are open to a move sooner rather than later.

Weak inflation readings like those in a New York Fed report on Monday have already led Bullard to say that a rate reduction was “warranted.” [nL2N23H0PS]

Analysts and markets, though, are split.

Bond markets have been aggressive in pricing in lower rates later this year, and U.S. stocks have rallied hard in the past week on optimism that a rate cut looked more likely, especially after last week’s weak jobs report. Economists at Goldman Sachs and elsewhere, meanwhile, have discounted any pressure from Trump and argue the economic outlook does not yet warrant a rate cut.

Rolling with the punches from political Washington is nothing new. Former Fed chair Ben Bernanke complained when congressional spending caps reduced economic growth just as the U.S. recovery was getting traction and the eurozone was threatening to crack apart.

This problem here is different, though, with the Fed both under political pressure and less certain, week to week, what actions of the White House they may have to take into account.

After years in which U.S. central bankers bemoaned being “th上海夜生活e only game in town” influencing the economy, they may now be nostalgic for those simpler times.

“The Fed has had too much on its plate for a long time,” said Boston College economics professor Peter Ireland. “Powell was taking pains to say ‘trade is trade’ and that is not our business. But he has gotten sucked into it.”

Investor Ackman opposes United Technologies’ aerospace merger with Raytheon: source

( ) – Billionaire investor William Ackman’s activist hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management LP is opposing United Technologies Corp’s planned $120 billion aerospace merger with defense contractor Raytheon Co, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The move makes Ackman the first major Wall Street figure to come out against the deal. On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed concerns over the merger’s impact on competition, though he also said he hoped the deal would happen.

Ackman wrote an email to United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes early on Sunday morning to express his concerns about the proposed deal after reading press reports about it, the source said.

The fund manager, whose firm owns roughly 0.67% of United Technologies, had previously supported the company in its plans to split into three businesses – aerospace, Otis elevators and Carrier air conditioners.

“We are extremely concerned that such a transaction will significantly lower the business quality of pro-forma United Technologies’ aerospace business, and, to make matters worse, will be accomplished through the highly dilutive issuance of large amounts of Un上海夜生活网ited Technologies stock,” Ackman’s email, seen by , said.

A spokesman for Pershing Square declined to comment. Raytheon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“We are confident that our shareholders will see the merits of this transaction and the value it brings to them and the company. We will be working diligently in the days and weeks ahead to make sure that the details of the transaction are presented to and fully understood by all shareholders,” United Technologies said in a statement.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on Pershing Square’s opposition to the deal.

Activist hedge fund Third Point LLC also has a stake in United Technologies. Like Pershing Square, it supported the company’s break-up, but its views on the Raytheon deal are not known. A Third Point spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

The merger would reshape the competitive landscape by forming a conglomerate which spans commercial aviation and defense procurement. United Technologies provides primarily commercial plane makers with electronics, communications and other equipment, whereas Raytheon mainly supplies the U.S. government with military aircraft and missile equipment.

United Technologies and Raytheon shares have dropped 7% and 4.5% respectively since their deal was announced, as investors expressed disappointment with the low value of synergies the companies announced. Investors also fret that major clients of the companies such as the Pentagon would seek to review their supply chains.

Shareholders of United Technologies and Raytheon would have to approve the deal in separate votes.

Activist hedge funds are increasingly targeting announced deals and are seeking to upend them, often by betting that the acquirer’s stock would go up were it to walk away from the purchase.

Earlier this year, activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP sought to muster opposition against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co’s $74 billion acquisition of biotech Celgene Corp, but abandoned the effort after two leading proxy advisory firms backed the deal.

United Technologies’ deal with Raytheon also faces regulatory hurdles. The U.S. Defense Department and big customers like Boeing Co, Lockheed Martin Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp will have a lot of clout in the antitrust review, and may worry about over-reliance on one company for a big suite of products.

ACKMAN’S CONCERNS

Ackman’s email said that if the company moves forward with the deal, he expects the substantial majority of other shareholders to also line up against it.

The deal with Raytheon would be structured as an all-stock merger of equals because United Technologies, which currently has a market capitalization of $106 billion, would separately spin off Carrier and Otis. United Technologies bulked up in aerospace last year with its $23 billion acquisition of avionics maker Rockwell Collins.

“We cannot comprehend why United Technologies would attempt to effectuate a merger with Raytheon now, when United Technologies’ shares are likely to be materially higher after the business separation is effectuated early next year,” Ackman’s email said.

This year, Ackman’s firm has been one of the hedge fund industry’s best performers delivering gains of nearly 40% in the first four months of the year. This follows a rough patch where he faced big losses on Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc and Herbalife Nutrition Ltd and lost a proxy fight with Automatic Data Processing Inc. He has vowed to make back the money that he lost by reshaping his organization.

WRAPUP 2-Canada trade deficit shrinks slightly in March on higher oil exports

(Updates with fresh analysts’ comment)

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA, May 9 ( ) – Canada’s trade deficit in March shrank slightly to C$3.21 billion ($2.38 billion) but was still the 12th largest on record, Statistics Canada said on Thursday, underscoring the challenges still facing exporters.

Analysts in a poll had forecast a shortfall of C$2.45 billion. Statscan revised February’s deficit sharply upward to C$3.42 billion from an initial C$2.90 billion.

Canada, a major crude exporter, has been hit hard in recent years by lower oil prices and higher U.S. energy output, as well as a shift away from producing light trucks. It has posted just two trade surpluses since October 2014.

Exports grew by 3.2 percent with shipments of energy products posting a 7.7 percent gain. Crude oil export volumes, which had fallen by 10.9 percent from November to February, rose by 3.1 percent.

“We’re still not fully dug out of the hole that we put ourselves in the fourth quarter, but at least it’s a nice turn around in the export story,” said Ross Prusakowski, principal economist at Export Development Canada.

Prusakowski said there was modest upside potential for energy prices to increase further in 2019.

Exports of passenger cars and light trucks rebounded by 8.4 percent after dropping in February on lower auto output上海夜网.

Markets were unimpressed and the Canadian dollar held to a near-two-week low of 1.3496 to the U.S. dollar, or 74.10 U.S. cents.

Imports increased by 2.5 percent to a record C$52.26 billion as imports of consumer goods such as clothing, footwear and accessories rose by 6.7 percent. Imports of airliners plunged by 50.7 percent on a slowdown in deliveries of U.S. aircraft.

Stephen Brown, senior Canada economist at Capital Economics, said export volumes looked set to rise further in April.

“We expect trade to make a positive contribution to second-quarter GDP growth,” he said in a note to clients.

Canada’s trade deficit with the world in the first quarter rose to C$10.13 billion, the highest shortfall since the second quarter of 2016.

Canada sent 74.2 percent of all its goods exports to the United States in March. Exports to the United States rose by 1.3 percent while imports shrank by 0.4 percent and as a result, Canada’s bilateral trade surplus grew to C$3.62 billion from C$2.99 billion in February.

Separately, Statscan said new-housing prices were unchanged in March for the seventh month out of eight, with little or no growth in the major markets of Toronto and Vancouver.

U.S. judge orders Arkansas to pay Planned Parenthood in narrow ruling

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. ( ) – A U.S. district judge on Friday ordered Arkansas to continue payments to Planned Parenthood for its treatment of three women who challenged Governor Asa Hutchinson’s directive cutting off Medicaid reimbursements to the organization.

The order applied only to the cases of the three plaintiffs, although the judge suggested that Planned Parenthood as an organization might successfully challenge the cutoff.

Judge Kristine Baker held that the three women, identified in court papers as “Jane Does,” had demonstrated they would incur irreparable harm should they not be able to access contraceptive care and other services through Planned Parenthood. 

Arkansas is one of several Republican-controlled states that have cut funds for the organization after the release of videos by an anti-abortion activist group, the Center for Medical Progress, in which Planned Parenthood officials are seen discussing transactions involving fetal tissue.

Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing.

The preliminary injunction the judge issued on Friday follows a temporary restraining order she put in place two weeks ago.

The judge declined to bar the introduction of the videos in further proceedings, but dismissed them from immediate consideration as “inadmissible hearsay.”

Hutchinson, a Republican, said in a statement the ruling was limited to the three women and that he would direct the state health department to “prohibit funding to Planned Parenthood consistent with the Court’s ruling.”

In Washin上海夜生活gton, U.S. congressional Republicans this week challenged Planned Parenthood’s eligibility for federal funds, while the health organization’s president said defunding it would restrict women’s access to care and disproportionately hurt low-income patients.

Planned Parenthood gets about $500 million annually in federal funds, largely in reimbursements under Medicaid, the government’s healthcare program for the poor.

In Arkansas, reaction from social conservatives to the judge’s move was swift.

“Arkansans have made it clear time and again they do not want public dollars subsidizing abortions,” said Jerry Cox, president of the Family Council of Arkansas. 

Planned Parenthood has said almost all of its work in the state covered services other than abortions.

The Arkansas contracts with Planned Parenthood involved services including nurse practitioners, pharmacy and family planning and were delivered through the Arkansas Medicaid program. No state funds were used for abortions, except in the case of incest, rape or when the life of the mother was at stake, state health officials said.

A spokesman for the state attorney general said no decision had been made regarding an appeal of the ruling.

Sterling regains poise as fresh Brexit developments eyed

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LONDON, March 19 ( ) – The pound edged higher on Tuesday thanks to broad dollar weakness against its rivals as investors waited cautiously for developments on Brexit negotiations with less than two weeks before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.

The British currency got off to a volatile start to the week, shedding half a percent in late London trading on Monday, after John Bercow, the speaker of Britain’s parliament, said Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal could not be voted on again unless a different proposal was submitted.

While traders have steadily reduced their fears that Britain will crash out of the EU without a deal in recent weeks, Bercow’s move means more uncertainty in the short term as the government 上海夜网races to convince opposing lawmakers to back May’s deal or request for an extension.

“The predominant notion adopted by the market is that as long as the worst case scenario of hard Brexit is avoided by delaying Brexit, the pound is a buy on dips,” Rabobank strategists said in a note.

That view was shared by Morgan Stanley strategists who said the pound remained a buy on dips. The U.S. bank’s positioning tracker showed broader market positions on the pound was broadly neutral.

Against the dollar, the pound firmed 0.1 percent higher at $1.3267. It rallied to a 9-month high against the greenback to nearly $1.34 last week and is down less than a percent from those highs.

Against the euro, the pound was broadly steady at 85.55 pence.

Despite the latest political developments, various gauges of volatility indicators for the pound ticked lower on Tuesday, reflecting a broader drop in currency market volatility.

Herrera lauds Sanchez’ workload

The Chilean’s debut for the Red Devils left a lot of people impressed, but one of his team-mates was struck by a different aspect of Sanchez’ game.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has revealed how intrigued he was by the Chilean’s tireless work ethics in the Red Devils 4-0 FA Cup win over Yeovil on Friday.

Sanchez took part in the hosts two opening goals and created a lot of chances for his team-mates, but it was another thing that caught Herrera’s eyes during the game.

– Yeah, amazing. He has played very good, but what I really like from him is the way he fights when he loses the ball. – the midfielder told MUTV.Opinion: Solskjaer needs patience from Manchester United Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – As we enter into one of the most complicated moments for Solskjaer, we believe Manchester United needs to be patient with him.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer…

– He is always ready to be the first defender of the team. That’s going to be very important for us.

– Of course, we know his quality. He is going to be amazing for us but the way his first, the way he defends I really like it.

When it comes to United’s goals this season and their look on the FA Cup, Herrera added:

– We have won the FA Cup two seasons ago and last season we won three trophies, so this club is about titles, and we are not going to give 上海夜网any competition away, we are going to fight for everything.

Hughton: “It was a big performance”

Chris Hughton, the Brighton and Hove Albion coach, admitted that he was very relieved after his side managed to pick up a 1-0 victory over Watford at home and it was very important in their fight for avoiding the relegation.

Hughton’s team were winless for seven matches in a row before this fixture started and they failed to score from open play for 10 hours – but they managed to end both of these runs. The coach was happy that his side was a big attacking threat for the guest throughout the whole match and they could have scored more goals than just one.

The talented coach spoke about his side’s performance as he said, according to Sky Sports: “It felt like a big win that today. It was a very good performance, a performance that deserved a win, more than a 1-0 scoreline. Of course, that [second] goal goes in, you are applying that bit more pressure on yourselves, but I thought we were very good today.”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 added that he was happy that his side didn’t give any chances to Watford: “When you are playing against a team as good offensively as Watford, and you restrict them to minimal, half chances, it shows you have put in a very good performance defensively. The next phase is to take these games上海夜生活论坛 on and take our chances to make things easier for ourselves.”

In the end, Chris Hughton insisted that this win was very needed: “It is a win we needed. We go to Chelsea on Boxing Day, and while you never know, there won’t be too many people who expect us to pick up anything there. That being the case, it was important we got something out of the game today. We can go into that Chelsea game with that bit more confidence. We just need to make sure that in cases where we have a better chance of getting something, we put in performances like we did today.”

Kane: “My teammates deserve the praise, not me”

Harry Kane, the Tottenham striker, admitted that he asked his teammates for help with breaking Alan Shearer’s record ahead of the match against Southampton and he praised them for doing so.

Alan Shearer’s 22-year old record of 36 goals scored was broken – Harry Kane managed to level it in the match against Burnley and now, he has surpassed him by scoring another hattrick against Southampton and set a new benchmark of 39 goals. To be added, he has also become the world’s top scorer of 2017 by surpassing Lionel Messi by two goals and he admitted that he is very happy for that as he wants to score as many goals as he can.

The Englishman spoke about his feeling after breaking this record as he said, according to Sky Sports: “It was hard not to think about it going into the game being level. As always I wanted to win the game first and foremost, but of course, I wanted to score as a striker. To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling and I could enjoy the rest of 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 per上海夜网fect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He also added that he can feel how he has improved: “This year I would say physically I have improved, recovery from games, getting ready, we have such a busy schedule. Just making sure I’m ready for each game, eating right, recovering right with ice baths. I feel really good. I feel sharp and at my best.”

In the end, Harry Kane also thanked his teammates for making this possible to him: “I said to the lads before the game to try and set me up and they all did that, so I’ll have to take them out to dinner or something. That third goal today was good, the third goal against Burnley I think that summed up how I play with the tackle and then the touch and finish so there’s been some good goals, but hopefully some better ones in 2018.”

Wenger vs Mourinho

Jose Mourinho accused Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger of lying about Alexandre Lacazette’s fitness before the showdown between the Gunners and Manchester United last weekend

The Red Devils coach claimed the Frenchman wasn’t honest about his striker’s fitness, and Wenger felt like he had to hit back.

It was France international Alexandre Lacazette who wasn’t supposed to feature against United on Saturday, as Wenger had previously stated he wasn’t in the right condition to play. Not only has he played, the striker managed to score.

As the former Lyon star’s presence put pressure on Mourinho’s men, he accused Pep Guardiola of being similarly dishonest when the Manchester City coach said David Silva isn’t ready to play on Sunday.

The Manchester United manager took his shot at Wenger and Guardiola during a press conference,上海夜生活论坛 when assessing his injured players after their 2-1 Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.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…

“The truth is Eric Bailly, no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured but will play for sure. [Michael] Carrick no chance,” Mourinho said.

“I’m telling the truth, he’s injured but will play for sure. No stories of Lacazette or David Silva. All the truth.”

Once Wenger heard what the Portuguese coach had to say, he couldn’t not comment on the issue, and he replied to Mourinho’s claims during a news conference ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League game against BATE.

“I though he wouldn’t play, yes, but in the end, he could play. What did you want me to do, to leave him at home?” the Frenchman replied.

“I’m always honest and I thought really he wouldn’t play. He had a test on Friday morning and we were not sure he would play. After he tried, and he played. That’s part of football,” Wenger said.

Pogba: We need to win

Paul Pogba tried to motivate his fellow Manchester United players ahead of their derby against local rivals and league leaders Manchester City

The France international will not play in the Red Devils’ important match due to the suspension he picked up against Arsenal. However, Pogba has urged Jose Mourinho’s side to take the game to Pep Guardiola’s men on Sunday, when they meet in the English top-flight.

The United playmaker encouraged his club to throw bodies forward, as they need a win to get closer to their rivals in the league table. He said United must attack during the whole game.

“We need to. To win those games you need to give everything. You need to be there offensively, defensively. Kill the game when you have one chance because they are City and they have quality as well in front and they can kill the game at any time,” Pogba explained.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…

“They are first for good reason because they have been doing great at the start of the season. They keep winning and they didn’t lose one game and obviously mentally they are very strong.”

“I have complete trus上海夜生活t in the team. Even if I am not there, I will be there watching the game giving positive energy and hopefully we are going to win,” he added when asked about United’s chances to win the game.

“I’m very disappointed because I really want to help the team and wanted to be there for this derby because obviously we are playing City and in this moment, we need points and we need to win. It’s an important moment, an important game so, like I say, disappointed.”

“It’s a big derby and the atmosphere is going to be big. We want to win, we need to win as well,” the Frenchman praised the derby.

Preview: Barcelona – Sporting

Sporting’s only chance to qualify from Group D is a win in Barcelona today, coupled with a favorable result in the other match of the group between Olympiakos and Juventus (1x).

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Sporting Lisbon face a 1,250km trip to Barcelona and face a mammoth task in their final group game in this Champions League (CL) campaign. Sporting must win here to stand any chance of qualification from the group. But for them to beat a Barcelona side away from home, who are unbeaten domestically and in the CL so far, whilst also relying on Olympiakos to do a job on Juventus – may be too big of an ask.

Barcelona have already qualified from the group having gained 11 points from their first five fixtures, but do not be mistaken in thinking that they’ll take their foot off of the gas for this one. Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona have won nine of their last ten at the Nou Camp, and their last defeat in any competition, home or away, was against their rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

To add more misery to Sporting’s chances, Barcelona have scored three goals in each of their home group games so far (3-0 vs Juventus, 3-1 vs Olympiakos). Furthermore, they remain unbeaten here in the CL since all the way back in September 2013 – a remarkable 23 CL home games.

Jorge Jesus’ Sporting side have not won in Spain in 11 attempts, drawing three and losing the remaining eight games, and m上海夜网ost recently to Real Madrid last season. Meanwhile, Barcelona are unbeaten vs Portuguese teams in their last 15 games, winning 12 and drawing three – with their last defeat to a Portuguese side being back in ‘87/’88!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.

Barcelona have managed five clean sheets in their last six CL outings, yet Sporting have scored 27 goals in their last ten away games, which is just short of three goals per game. The last meeting between the two at the Camp Nou ended with a Barca win and both teams finding the net (3-1).

Lionel Messi is on the brink of making history, he is now just three goals away from his century of CL goals, and he will surely be looking to take the match ball home after the game.

Missing players

Barcelona: O. Dembele (muscle injury), J. Mascherano (muscle injury), Rafinha (knee injury), S. Umtiti (muscle injury), A. Iniesta (doubtful), A. Turan (doubtful)

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

Real Madrid monitor Tottenham duo

Real Madrid are keeping tabs on two of Tottenham’s best players, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

Los Blancos tried to sign Kylian Mbappe last summer and make him their galactico transfer, in an era when Florentino Perez chose to focus on younger players. But their plans have been ruined by PSG, who stepped in and made a superior offer, managing to attract the young French forward to Parc des Princes eventually.

However, Perez is aware that his club need some big name signings if they are to keep their status and continue to challenge for both La Liga and Champions League. For this reason, Real Madrid remain true to their strategy of looking at some of the best young players in the world and will try to sign the two best players of Tottenham, according to Marca.Donny van de Beek rules out January switch to Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – Donny van de Beek has ruled out a January move to Real Madrid as he plans to see out the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign with Ajax.

Harry Kane (24) and Dele Alli (21) are two players who have proved their ability at the highest level, despite their young age. Both of them have played vital roles in Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge in the past two seasons.

Real Madrid will have the chance to see the two players in action up close in their upcoming Champions League clash with Tottenham. Los Blancos will have to cope with a striker that scored 14 goals in 10 matches this season and with an attacking midfielder that played a vital role in creating上海夜生活论坛 most of his team’s chances.

However, any endeavour to sign the two players will be very very difficult. Florentino Perez already knows how hard it is to negotiate with Daniel Levy from the transfer of Gareth Bale, for whom Real Madrid ended up paying a world-record fee at that time.

PSG: Mourinho or Allegri to take over

Doesn’t matter how good your team started the season, if you have problems with the world’s most expensive player, that means you could get sacked anytime

Unai Emery’s team has been fantastic this season, as PSG are still unbeaten, having won 16 games while drawing only 2. However, even these stunning numbers could prove less than enough to save the Spaniard’s job in Paris.

There has been a lot of rumours going around about the relationship between the world’s most expensive player Neymar, and the Paris Saint-Germain coach and some say that Emery’s inability to please the Brazilian might cost him a lot.

Despite the former Sevilla coach’s best efforts, he struggles to hide that there is something wrong.

“For me, what happens on the field is the most important thing. All that goes on outside is not the most important. What is important is what happens on the pitch,” Emery protested last week.Ian Wright criticizes Emery for the captain choice Nedim Maric – Manchester United and Arsenal participated in a draw which saw some uninspiring football come to light.Neither Emery of Solskjaer will be pleased with the…

The Spaniard’s job is probably not in immediate danger, as the club’s results are outstanding, but pressure will gather on his shoulders once the Champions League returns in the second half of the season. If PSG fail to reach the round of the last 4, that might be the end of the Emery era.

There are two managers heavily linked with the Ligue 1 leaders. One of them is Jose Mourinho, who is currently the boss of Manchester United, and the other one is Massimiliano Allegri, the head coach of Juventus.

Mourinho is not entirely satisfied with life at Old Trafford, due to a clash of personalities with chairman Ed Woodward, and th上海夜生活网e Special One has already indicated that he can’t see himself at United for a long period of time.

On the other hand, Allegri took Juventus to the Champions League final last season, where they were beaten by Real Madrid. However, he is reportedly a better tactician than Unai Emery is in the eyes of PSG.

If Unai Emery wants to stay the manager in Paris, he needs to keep up the good work and get the expected results for the board.

Guardiola about the Catalonia situation

Guardiola is strongly affected by the situation in Catalonia as it’s his home region and he thinks that it’s “scary” to imprison the Catalan politicians as this huge crisis continues.

Nine ex-minsters from the dissolved Catalan parliament appeared at Spain’s high court on Thursday accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.All, with exception of bailed former Business Minister Santi Vila, were detained, while ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont remains in Belgium and was one of five separatist politicians not to answer the summons in Madrid, according to Goal.

The Manchester City coach made a comment about that: “I wish that the politicians who they have put in prison are released soon. I’m worried because what happened to them could happen to us for giving an opinion, it could happen to anyone. The two Jordis leading the Catalan organisation were put in prison for asking to vote in a legal referendum.”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…

He wants the situation to be solved as soon as possible, obviously: “I think the Spanish go上海夜生活网vernment and the Catalan government should sit and talk and try to agree on a referendum for both sides. Until then it’s a really difficult situation to be solved. These politicians are in prison for fulfilling the electoral programme. They were fulfilling the wish of the Catalan people. Now they and their families are suffering this situation. It can happen to other people, to all of us, just for wanting to vote. That was the main desire of the Catalan people.”

Pep Guardiola just wants everything to be resolved fairly: “I just wish that the situation can be resolved soon and these guys can be released and December 21 that there is an election in Catalonia – a fair election where the people can express their wish with freedom. [The election must ] recover the institutions and [make sure] that the Parliament of Catalonia is again what it was.”

United’s manager unfazed by increasing gap with Premier League leaders

The ‘Special’ one insisted things could have been worse for his team.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho insisted he is not worried by the increasing gap between his club and Premier League leaders Manchester City. The Red Devils lost an important game on Sunday with a result of 1-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

United were dominated by the Blues for the greater part of the game and the Blues’ efforts were awarded by Morata with a super header in the 55th minute. Meanwhile the Red Devils had only two shots on target w上海夜生活ith Lukaku being completely isolated in the front.

The defeat on Sunday, together with City’s 3-1 win over Arsenal, increased the gap between the two clubs to 8 points, but Mourinho is not bothered by that fact.Jamie Carragher puts Chelsea over Manchester United and Arsenal Nedim Maric – In an uneventful derby, last night, Manchester United and Arsenal both got point each.Top four-fight this season looks like it’s going to be between…

“We are second not fifth, sixth or seventh,” he told Sky Sports.

“There are 18 teams in a more difficult position. Eight points is eight points.

“We went through a very difficult phase with some of the most important matches without important players. It’s obvious we’ve been through a difficult phase with limitations.”

Thompson happy about the youngsters in the national team

It was a bold decision from Gareth Southgate to call up three relatively unknown youngsters – Joe Gomez, Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. But Phil Thompson is very happy and praises the Englishman for his decision.

The trio have been rewarded for establishing themselves as regular first-team players at Liverpool, Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively, with Abraham and Loftus-Cheek currently on loan from Chelsea, according to Sky Sports. Southgate made eight changes from the squad that secured his team the World Cup qualification.

Phil Thompson had only words of praise for Southgate as he said: “I think it is right to be giving these lads call-ups. They could be the future and they need to be integrated and be there with the senior team. You’ll gain more benefits from having them there than to pick players who will make up the squad but have no way of getting on the pitch, so I’m all for it.”Chelsea goes on a goal rampage against Grimsby Town Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Chelsea stomped over Grimsby Town with a Basthuayi brace and goals from Barkley, Pedro, Zouma, James, and Hudson-Odoi.Frank Lampard’s Chelsea had a relatively easy…

The former England international also added: “I think it is right to be giving these lads call-ups. They could be the future and they need to be integrated and be there with the senior team.You’ll gain more benefits from having them there than to pick players who will make up the squad but have no way of getting on the pitch, so I’m all for it.”

The ex-defender spoke about the youngsters and their progress: “Gomez was exceptional last weekend. I think all of us as former internationals and pundits are saying you don’t see the best of these lads until they are playing on a regular basis, it is no good just playing one game in 10. They start to look comfortable with their peers and they start to show their ability, whereas when they are only playing once a mon上海夜网th or so they are trying too hard to impress.”

Meet the Ronaldo family

Take a look at Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo’s family, as the Portuguese superstar is about to welcome his fourth child

Cristiano Ronaldo has been great about keeping his personal life from the media, even though he is probably the football player who gets the most attention from the press.

The 32-year-old star has been silent about his personal life for obvious reasons. In recent history, however the Portuguese let fans get an insight into how Ronaldo’s family is doing.

As well as his football moments, social life and various commercial ventures, Ronaldo increasingly celebrates his growing family, sharing tender moments with his legions of followers, GOAL reports.

Cristiano Ronaldo has three children, two of them boys and one girl with the fourth one on her way with his partner Georgina Rodriguez. Ronaldo’s girlfriend is expecting the star’s second daughter.

The Portuguese became a father when he was 25. His f上海夜网irst child, Cristiano Jr, who was born in June 2010 is 7 years old now. Time flies by quick, huh?Ronaldo opens up about retirement plans Nedim Maric – Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at a top-level even at 34 years of age.Juventus is looking to end the 23-year-old drought of not winning…

Ronaldo is very proud of his eldest son and has shared numerous videos of his “successor” playing football, making people speculate whether the kid is about to follow in his father’s footsteps.

In fact, in case there wasn’t enough pressure on the kid, some bookmakers have even offered odds on Ronaldo Jr one day playing for Man United or Real Madrid, GOAL continues.

7 years after the Cristiano Jr was born, the 32-year-old’s family grew by two as Ronaldo revealed he’s now be the father of baby twins, one boy and one girl, after his return from the Confederations Cup.

The Portuguese’s twins are reported to be named Mateo and Eva. They have reportedly arrived at this world with the help of a surrogate mother.

Rumours about Ronaldo becoming a father of four have been confirmed and the Madrid superstar is expecting his first child with girlfriend Georgina. It has been reported that the couple are expecting a girl.

It is unclear when exactly the second daughter of Ronaldo will join her family in their Madrid mansion, but his daddy will for sure be proud of his new princess and he will probably let the world know, so stay tuned.

Updates about Carvajal’s condition

Excellent news are coming from Spain, where it was announced that Dani Carvajal is out of any danger.

The Spanish full-back of Real Madrid was diagnosed with a viral infection of the pericardium and was ruled out of action indefinitely. So far, no news emerged about Carvajal’s situation and there were worries about his general health condition, after the medical staff of Real Madrid said that they don’t know when will the player be ready to play again. He was offered treatment and was kept under supervision by the team’s doctors.

However, AS now announced that the right-back is out of any danger and will return to the first team training sessions very soon. Although the medical team of Real Madrid cannot say exactly when Carvajal will re-join his teammates, rumours suggest that this will happen until the end of October, the player needing at least one more week of rest.Real Madrid injury update ahead of Champions League clash Nedim Maric – Atletico and Real Madrid pl上海夜生活论坛ayed the Madrileno derby last night which finished in a bore 0-0 draw.In the absence of Marcelo and Ferland Mendy,…

Dani Carvajal played 11 matches this season and provided two assists for his teammates. However, he stopped training with his colleagues on the 30th of September, due to the medical condition that was discovered during a routine medical check.

The Spanish right-back signed a new deal with Real Madrid recently, keeping him at the club until 2022. The 25-year-old played 170 matches for Los Blancos, scoring 4 goals and managing 27 assists. His current market value is €32m, according to Transfermarkt.

Thomas Lemar happy despite failed move to England

The France international was wanted by both Liverpool and Arsenal, but Monaco re上海夜生活网jected both sides’ bids.

Thomas Lemar will remain at the French champions AS Monaco after a supposed move to Emirates Stadium failed. The Gunners submitted a £90 million bid for Lemar, but the transfer was called off hours before the end of the close season. Before that Liverpool submitted a number of offers, but they did not really come close to the estimated price of the winger.

Amid the whole saga around him, Lemar gave an interview to Canal+ where the 21-year-old stated he was looking forward to return to Stade Louis II after the international break.

“I am a player of Monaco, I am very happy there.Liverpool could be kicked out of the Carabao Cup Andrew Smyth – Liverpool face a nervous wait to discover their Carabao Cup fate after falling into hot water with the Football League over selecting ineligible players.

“Now I’m going to make a good season with my club, to try to progress and move forward in my career with Monaco.

“I prepared for this game as usual. I do not lose my head, even if there are rumours. I was focused on my game, that’s all that mattered to me.”

AS Monaco have made a flawless start of the season in Ligue 1 despite losing four of their key players – Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Kylian Mbappe, who joined French rivals Paris Saint-Germain.