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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta makes transfer declaration as Gunners close in on two more deals

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta makes transfer declaration as Gunners close in on two more deals

Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli is also on the club’s radar, with Granit Xhaka likely to leave for Roma.

Meanwhile, Arteta was impressed with the first sighting of Tavares in an Arsenal shirt on Saturday.

Tavares took his goal calmly with his weak foot to equalise in the first half.

“A great debut with his right foot as well!” Arteta reflected.

“He’s only been with us a few days but you can already see his qualities, his physicality and then the quality on the ball that he has.

“He’s integrating with the lads really well, so it’s a good start.”

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Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo makes bold declaration in first press conference

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo makes bold declaration in first press conference

Nuno Espirito Santo used his first press conference to promise Spurs fans a team they could be proud of. He also vowed to them that Harry Kane would be a part of it.

What he was short on was detail on how all this would be achieved.

“What we want is to make our fans proud, to make them enjoy their players, love their players, this is our focus, let’s make our fans proud, to create a good atmosphere, help the players throughout the season and every moment,” Santo said.

“I think they will enjoy.

“This is what I am telling the players, ‘Let’s enjoy ourselves’. 

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In a separate un-broadcast briefing, the Spurs talisman may not be at all surprised to learn that three times Santo refused to say whether Kane remaining at the club had actually been promised to him by chairman Daniel Levy as Manchester City plot to buy him.

Right now, Tottenham are a club lurching around trying to appease its fans while making fundamental mistakes in the direction they are taken.

The greedy decision to dispense with Mauricio Pochettino to try to get some sort of guarantee of success under Mourinho backfired spectacularly, then when they had a fleeting chance of some long-awaited silverware at least they sacked him without any plan for a replacement.

A hapless search for a new boss which turned its nose up at Santo initially scuffled down blind alley after blind alley, in the midst of which Levy was busy flirting with the big boys and signing up the European Super League.

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Now the agreed stance seems to be to ignore all that has happened.

“I cannot speak about what happened,” Santo said. “What I can tell you: I am so proud.

“The moment I had the phone call that I had a chance to have a meeting with Tottenham, everything changed. Everything in my perspective changed. I am where I wanted to be.”

Kane’s future remains the hot topic among Spurs fans, and Santo insisted that the club’s talismanic striker would remain at the club next season, even though he had not yet spoken to him personally.

However, Santo refused to say if Daniel Levy had made him any promises about the England captain’s future.

Unsurprisingly Kane, who has hinted all summer about the need to win trophies, was the main topic of conversation during the presser, and Santo was emphatic in his response.

“Harry is our player, period,” he said. “No need to talk about anything else.

“He has a hard job to do, totally committed to the national team, obviously, so this is why I decided not to speak to any of them.

”I will speak when they arrive. This is the right moment – in our own building, face to face, sitting down and to prepare our future together.”

The one thing Santo did say for certain was that club legend Gareth Bale would not be joining up for another spell on loan.

“He will not be part of our squad,” Santo said.

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MEPs from 15 countries sign declaration of resistance against EU superstate – Bloc alert

MEPs from 15 countries sign declaration of resistance against EU superstate - Bloc alert

MEPs from 16 parties and 15 EU states joined forces today to declare “resistance” against a European superstate stripping nations of their sovereignty bit by bit.

The so-called “declaration of values” was signed by all parties in the Identity and Democracy (ID), European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) groups and the unaffiliated Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party.

In the text, signed on Friday, the MEPs denounced the “overactivity” of the European institutions in what should remain member states’ competences.

In a stern warning to Brussels, they unanimously pledged to form a new resistance against the creation of the United States of Europe in favour of more respect for sovereign nations.

They wrote: “The use of political structures and law to create a European superstate and new forms of social structure is a manifestation of the dangerous and invasive social engineering of the past, which must prompt legitimate resistance.

“The moralistic overactivity that we have seen in recent years in the EU institutions has resulted in a dangerous tendency to impose an ideological monopoly.”

They added: “All attempts to transform European institutions into bodies that take precedence over national constitutional institutions create chaos, undermine the sense of the treaties, question the fundamental role of Member States’ constitutions, and the resulting disputes over competences are in effect settled by the brutal imposition of the will of politically stronger entities on weaker ones.

“This destroys the basis for the functioning of the European community as a community of free nations.

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“We believe that consensus should remain the basic means of reaching a common position in the Union. Recent attempts to circumvent this procedure or ideas of its abolition threaten to exclude some countries from influence on decision-making and to transform the Union into a special form of oligarchy.

“This could lead to the de facto incapacitation of national constitutional bodies, including governments and parliaments, reduced to the function of approving decisions already taken by others.

“In the member countries there is still an overwhelming will to cooperate, and a spirit of community and friendship pervades nations and societies of our continent.

“It is our great capital. A reformed Union will make use of this capital, whereas a Union that rejects reform will squander it.

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“That is why today we turn to all parties and groups who share our views with this document as a base for a cultural and political common work, respecting the role of the current political groups.

“Let us together reform the Union for the future of Europe!”

Parties from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finlandia, Poland, the Netherlands, Greece and Romania, Lithuania and Hungary signed the document.

The document will come as a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron who has longed hoped for more cooperation in the EU. 

Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the Bow Group think tank, has warned the departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel will accelerate moves from the French President to take her place as the EU’s leading figurehead.

He argued Mr Macron may jump on this opportunity to create an “EU superstate in his image, which should terrify advocates of democracy and sovereignty”.

Mr Harris-Quinney told Express.co.uk: “Macron has been vying to take her (Angela Merkel’s) place for some time, and her leaving office will accelerate this process.

“He is a more extreme Euro federalist than Merkel and will likely seize the opportunity to create an EU superstate in his image, which should terrify advocates of democracy and sovereignty.”

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Liverpool injury crisis set to roll into next season as Klopp makes transfer declaration

Liverpool injury crisis set to roll into next season as Klopp makes transfer declaration

However, even if the Reds break into the top four, Klopp has declared that it does not mean he will go on a wild spending spree with the extra funds.

“What happens in one season always has an impact on the next season,” the German coach added. “Success-wise and money-wise, that is clear.

“So we try to be prepared for pretty much everything from a scouting and coaching point of view.

“Qualifying for the Champions League is always our main target because it’s so really important to the club.

“But if we don’t qualify then we won’t suddenly stop playing – and we will not buy eight players if we do qualify.

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Bidens declaration: America’s democracy ‘is rising anew’

Biden's declaration

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden declared Wednesday night that “America is rising anew” as he called for an expansion of federal programs to drive the economy past the pandemic and broadly extend the social safety net on a scale not seen in decades.

In his first address to Congress, he pointed optimistically to the nation’s emergence from the coronavirus scourge as a moment for America to prove that its democracy can still work and maintain primacy in the world.

Speaking in highly personal terms while demanding massive structural changes, the president marked his first 100 days in office by proposing a $ 1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education to help rebuild an economy devastated by the virus and compete with rising global competitors.

His speech represented both an audacious vision and a considerable gamble. He is governing with the most slender of majorities in Congress, and even some in his own party have blanched at the price tag of his proposals.

At the same time, the speech highlighted Biden’s fundamental belief in the power of government as a force for good, even at a time when it is so often the object of scorn.

“I can report to the nation: America is on the move again,” he said. “Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength.”

While the ceremonial setting of the Capitol was the same as usual, the visual images were unlike any previous presidential address. Members of Congress wore masks and were seated apart because of pandemic restrictions. Outside the grounds were still surrounded by fencing after insurrectionists in January protesting Biden’s election stormed to the doors of the House chamber where he gave his address.

The nationally televised ritual raised the stakes for his ability to sell his plans to voters of both parties, even if Republican lawmakers prove resistant. The president is following the speech by hitting the road to push his plans, beginning in Georgia on Thursday and then on to Pennsylvania and Virginia in the days ahead.

“America is ready for takeoff. We are working again. Dreaming again. Discovering again. Leading the world again. We have shown each other and the world: There is no quit in America,” Biden said.

This year’s scene at the front of the House chamber also had a historic look: For the first time, a female vice president, Kamala Harris, was seated behind the chief executive. And she was next to another woman, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The first ovation came as Biden greeted “Madam Vice President.” He added, “No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.”

The chamber was so sparsely populated that individual claps could be heard echoing off the walls.

Yet Biden said, “I have never been more confident or more optimistic about America. We have stared into an abyss of insurrection and autocracy – of pandemic and pain – and ‘We the People’ did not flinch.”

At times, the president plainly made his case for democracy itself.

Biden demanded that the government take care of its own as a powerful symbol to the world of an America willing to forcefully follow its ideals and people. He confronted an issue rarely faced by an American president, namely that in order to compete with autocracies like China, the nation needs “to prove that democracy still works” after his predecessor’s baseless claims of election fraud and the ensuing attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“Can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate and fears that have pulled us apart?” he asked. “America’s adversaries – the autocrats of the world – are betting it can’t. They believe we are too full of anger and division and rage. They look at the images of the mob that assaulted this Capitol as proof that the sun is setting on American democracy. They are wrong. And we have to prove them wrong.”

Biden repeatedly hammered home that his plans would put Americans back to work, restoring the millions of jobs lost to the virus. He laid out an extensive proposal for universal preschool, two years of free community college, $ 225 billion for child care and monthly payments of at least $ 250 to parents. His ideas target frailties that were uncovered by the pandemic, and he argues that economic growth will best come from taxing the rich to help the middle class and the poor.

Biden’s speech also provided an update on combating the COVID-19 crisis he was elected to tame, showcasing hundreds of millions of vaccinations and relief checks delivered to help offset the devastation wrought by a virus that has killed more than 573,000 people in the United States. He also championed his $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, a staggering figure to be financed by higher taxes on corporations.

His appeals were often emotive and personal, talking about Americans needing food and rental assistance. He also spoke to members of Congress as a peer as much as a president, singling out Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republicans’ leader, to praise him and speaking as one at a professional homecoming.

The GOP members in the chamber largely stayed silent, even refusing to clap for seemingly universal goals like reducing childhood poverty. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said, in the Republicans’ designated response, that Biden was more rhetoric than action.

“Our president seems like a good man,” Scott said. “But our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes.”

The president spoke against a backdrop of the weakening but still lethal pandemic, staggering unemployment and a roiling debate about police violence against Blacks. He also used his address to touch on the broader national reckoning over race in America, urging legislation be passed by the anniversary of George Floyd’s death next month, and to call on Congress to act on the thorny issues of prescription drug pricing, gun control and modernizing the nation’s immigration system.

In his first three months in office, Biden has signed a $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill – passed without a single GOP vote – and has shepherded direct payments of $ 1,400 per person to more than 160 million households. Hundreds of billions of dollars in aid will soon arrive for state and local governments, enough money that overall U.S. growth this year could eclipse 6% – a level not seen since 1984. Administration officials are betting that it will be enough to bring back all 8.4 million jobs lost to the pandemic by next year.

A significant amount proposed just Wednesday would ensure that eligible families receive at least $ 250 monthly per child through 2025, extending the enhanced tax credit that was part of Biden’s COVID-19 aid. There would be more than $ 400 billion for subsidized child care and free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds.

Another combined $ 425 billion would go to permanently reduce health insurance premiums for people who receive coverage through the Affordable Care Act, as well a national paid family and medical leave program. Further spending would be directed toward Pell Grants, historically Black and tribal institutions and to allow people to attend community college tuition-free for two years.

Funding all of this would be a series of tax increases on the wealthy that would raise about $ 1.5 trillion over a decade. Republican lawmakers in Congress so far have balked at the price tags of Biden’s plans, complicating the chances of passage in a deeply divided Washington.

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Lemire reported from New York. Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed.

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