Lille’s president confirms 70 million offer for Renato Sanches

Soccer Renato Sanches

Failed at Bayern, suddenly coveted in Lille

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At FC Renato Sanches never got over the status of a super talent. After a season at Lille OSC, the Portuguese now seems more coveted than ever. The club president there confirms an offer in astronomical amounts.

Renato Sanches has experienced a lot at the age of 22. Four years ago, the midfielder alongside Cristiano Ronaldo became Portugal’s European champion.

FC Bayern had previously secured Sanches, which played a strong tournament, from Benfica Lisbon for 35 million euros. The transfer fee for the then 18-year-old could have increased to as much as 80 million if the performance had been successful.

Sanches won the championship twice with the Munich team and won the DFB Cup, but the Portuguese was never able to convince in three years.

Renato Sanches could never really prevail in his time at Bayern

Source: dpa / Matthias Balk

He was only allowed to make 53 games for the German record champions between 2016 and 2019. In the meantime it was awarded to Swansea City; with the club he got off the Premier League.

70 million for Sanches?

Sanches has been playing for Lille OSC in France since 2019. The French paid around 20 million euros last summer. After a strong first season – Sanches scored four goals in 30 games – according to its president Gérard López, the club should have received gigantic offers for the former Bayern professional.

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“We received offers for our players for more than 200 million euros. We will not accept that. Our priorities are competitiveness and team balance, ”said López in an interview with“ L’Equipe ”.

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There were also bidders for Sanches, who recently became infected with the corona virus: “For example, we had offers for Renato Sanches worth over 70 million euros,” confirmed the President of the French. But Lille declined the offers. “He will not go, our sporting project is a priority,” said López.

The club from northern France claims to mature in Ligue 1 to become the second force behind Paris Saint-Germain. “We want to continue to develop. How many clubs in Ligue 1, apart from PSG, would refuse an offer of over 70 million euros for a player? ”Asked Lópéz rhetorically.

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Mercenary affair in Minsk (daily newspaper young world)

The authorities arrested 33 Russians ten days before the presidential election in Belarus. They accuse them of having planned “provocations” to “destabilize the situation in the country”. The men are supposed to work for the private security company “Wagner”. The company allegedly belongs to the businessman Jewgeni Prigoschin, who mainly operates catering for receptions in the Kremlin and is therefore also known as “Putin’s head chef”. The mercenaries of “Wagner” are said to have fought for Russian interests in those places where the Kremlin was concerned with being able to deny open involvement and not have to be politically responsible for losses: in Donbass, Syria or Libya.

The arrest itself took place on Wednesday night in a spa hotel on the outskirts of Minsk. As the Belarusian media reported, 32 of the men checked in there on Monday and were headed by a »for Russian …

Nike inaugurates its department store of the future on the Champs-Élysées

Recycled marble inlaid with plastic confetti welcomes visitors upon entering, respecting barrier gestures. The American brand Nike had to adapt to the health context of the Covid-19 to calmly open the doors of “PAR / 002” on Thursday, its new Parisian boutique on 4 floors and 2400 m².

The Art Deco building at 79 avenue des Champs-Elysées has been modernized over 4 long years of work which has given rise to a third “House of Innovation” for the American giant.

The “House of Innovation” concept was first established in New York and Shanghai, before opening a first European store in the French capital. Its ambition: to show the technological know-how of the manufacturer of sports accessories, to stage its digital transition and its recent eco-responsible shift. A strategy that aims to attract a young and connected clientele.

“We want to show behind the scenes and the genesis of innovation at home, by highlighting, for example, prototypes designed in collaboration with the athletes”, explains Pierre Ployart, director of digital marketing in Paris.

The “Air Max” has its chronological timeline

The first floor, which overlooks the most beautiful avenue in the world, devotes a beautiful space to the Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT shoes which equipped the Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge during his unapproved world record of less than 2 hours. The showcases display the first sketches and a replica of the famous pair which gives wings.

Nike inaugurates its department store of the future on the Champs-Élysées

Sketches and prototypes of the innovative shoe are highlighted from entry / LP / DLC

Historical model of the mark with the comma since 1987, the Air Max has the right to its chronological timeline decorated with examples and limited editions. A real journey through time for the fans.

Nike inaugurates its department store of the future on the Champs-Élysées

The showcase traces the evolution of the Air Max since 1987 and its creation inspired by the Center Pompidou / LP / DLC

A little further on, fifteen screens hypnotize the barge. The Mission Control space provides data to local athletes: air pollution or weather conditions.

Nike inaugurates its department store of the future on the Champs-Élysées

This impressive wall of screens welcomes the visitor with clocks that display the time of other House of Innovation. / LP / DLC

“We want to take the pulse of sport in the Paris region in an effort to anchor local”, underlines our guide for the day.

A concern of implantation in a large population pool that is found on recycled plastic hangers. The acronym “PAR / 002” is essential on t-shirts or hoodies. In another aisle, a section is devoted to original creations by designers from the Ile-de-France region. Another offers the essential PSG tunics.

Nike inaugurates its department store of the future on the Champs-Élysées

These t-shirt lines are from white cards given to local artists / LP / DLC

A detour through the basement leads to the Sneakers Lab where sellers offer to measure the right size thanks to Nike Fit, an express scan of the feet powered… by artificial intelligence. “All our customers contribute with their results to feed an algorithm which determines the right size among our references”, assures the demonstrator.

The experience is naturally extended by trying a pair. The customer takes out his Nike app, flashes a QR code and chooses a model in the exact size that he picks up himself in a dedicated corner. No need to run after a salesperson or wait at the checkout, they can even leave with the shoes they pay for directly in the app.

Will he fall for a pair made entirely from recycled materials? Nothing is less certain, but the Oregon company wants to make an impression and green its image in the process as the textile industry weighs heavily in global pollution.

Several large baskets, for example, collect old pairs of sneakers from all brands which are then sent to Belgium to be transformed and re-enter the industrial circuit for the sake of “circular design”.

Nike inaugurates its department store of the future on the Champs-Élysées

The multinational proudly exhibits plastic shavings from shoe recycling / LP / DLC

These polyester confetti were therefore mixed with recycled marble to line the floor and the stairs that lead upstairs to a women’s area where an innovative service, Bra Fit, recommends the best size of sports bra to consumers, to try and of course buy on site.

Nike inaugurates its department store of the future on the Champs-Élysées

The space dedicated to women’s running highlights several types of body types / LP / DLC

A few steps away, the Kid Pod awaits children with interactive terminals to encourage them to exercise while parents equip them.

Return to the ground floor of the largest Nike store in Europe to end this immersive sales experience which must also reconcile Parisians with shopping on their Champs-Elysées.

Marco Reus is absent from Borussia Dortmund indefinitely

Bundesliga soccer club Borussia Dortmund will probably have to do without its captain Marco Reus for even longer. Even half a year after his tendon injury in the adductor area, the 31-year-old international is still only able to work under certain conditions. “Unfortunately, the hoped-for improvement has not occurred. The tendon is still inflamed,” said sports director Michael Zorc before the start of the new season’s training.

The national team suffered a tendon tear in the thigh at the beginning of February at the cup out at Werder Bremen (2: 3). Since then, it has not been used.

A conservative therapeutic approach is followed in the treatment of the injury. “It is difficult to make a forecast,” said Zorc. According to club information, Reus will be absent “indefinitely”.

Without Reus to the world title

In his career, Reus was repeatedly stopped by injuries, so he missed the World Cup victory of the DFB selection in Brazil in 2014. Since moving from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Dortmund in the summer of 2012, Reus was only 57.3 percent of the time according to “Kicker” possible operating time in the field. But when he could play, he usually did it: really well. In the BVB squad, Reus is one of the most important offensive professionals, in 266 competitive games with Dortmund Reus scored 129 goals and prepared 82 goals.

Mats Hummels will also be absent from BVB for the time being. The defense chief sustained an ankle injury during home training and should not join the team before the week-long training camp in Bad Ragaz, which begins on August 10. The Bundesliga season begins on September 18.

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German refugee policy: deportation numbers rise again

Germany is sending back significantly more refugees. The authorities have no concerns about Corona.

Kabul, May 2020: No deportation to Afghanistan since mid-March Photo: Mohammad Ismail / reuter

BERLIN taz | German authorities are deporting more refugees again. After significantly fewer people were initially forced back to their country of origin or to third countries in the corona crisis, the number of “repatriations” has since risen again. According to figures from the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), 406 people were deported from Germany in June. While that is significantly less than in January and February – when the corresponding numbers were over 1,500 – but much more than in April (30) and May (92).

This U-curve in the deportation statistics can also be found if you break down the figures for the individual federal states: after a low point in April and May, almost everyone is now rising steeply again. And the incomplete data available for July so far indicate that the number has continued to increase. In Hamburg, for example, significantly more people were deported between July 1 and 23 than in June as a whole.

The federal states are thus implementing what was decided at the Interior Ministers’ Conference (IMK) in Erfurt in June: At that time, a spokesman for the Federal Interior Ministry told taz that the “repatriations” should “slowly start up again”.

After all: No one has been deported to Afghanistan – a controversial destination even before Corona – since mid-March, the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced on request. In Afghanistan, corona numbers rose dramatically in June. The fact that it will not be deported there seems to be less due to concerns on the German side than to the urging of the Afghan government. The BMI announced in writing that “collective returns” were suspended “at the request of the Afghan government against the background of the corona pandemic”.

Also, deportations to other countries were probably not called off because the German authorities would have suddenly felt guilty about sending people back during a global pandemic to countries that often only have rudimentary health systems. The BMI simply states that many states have closed their borders. “In this respect, the BMI takes the situation in the countries of origin into account,” writes a spokeswoman. She also writes: “The BMI is urging the countries of origin to return to their homes soon.”

Günter Burkhardt calls all of this “irresponsible”. However, the managing director of Pro Asyl is not surprised. Affected people are often “before nothing” in the countries to which they are pushed. This also applies in part to people who are sent back to other EU countries via the Dublin procedure. Even before the corona crisis, the humanitarian situation for refugees in Italy and Greece was dramatic, according to Burkhardt. This has been even more the case since the outbreak of the pandemic.


Bridges, dreams of freedom in times of confinement

Bridges, born throughout history as constructions created to unite territories, to facilitate the movement and encounter of people, acquire a special meaning in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, when much of the planet is confined or has many travel restrictions. The bridges are evocative, photogenic, cinematic: the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the Golden Gate in San Francisco, the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the Charles Bridge in Prague … Many of them have starred in unforgettable films such as “The Bridge on the River Kwai “,” The Bridge of Spies “,” The Bridges of Madison “or” The Lovers of the Pont Neuf “, to name just four examples. But bridges have also been a priority objective in wars. As a witness to one of the most recent, that of Mostar, on the Neretva River, which was destroyed in 1993 during the war in the former Yugoslavia. It was rebuilt and reopened in 2004 as a symbol of national reconciliation. Cities like Venice or Paris would not be so romantic without their beautiful bridges: Sighs, Alma, Pont Neuf … Bridge over the Mersey River (Liverpool) – FHECOR It is precisely the bridges that star in an exhibition with which it reopens its doors the Central de Diseño de Matadero Madrid. As a result of the collaboration between the Madrid Design Foundation (DIMAD) and FHECOR – a consulting company specialized in structural engineering, which in 2019 obtained a mention in the National Innovation and Design Awards -, “Designing bridges” brings together, until 13 September, around twenty bridges and footbridges designed by FHECOR in various parts of the world in the last 20 years, which can be admired through models, photographs, plans and audiovisuals. Among the works on display there are engineering projects of different structural typologies, such as the bridge over the Mersey River (Liverpool), the one over the Viveiro estuary (Lugo), the Zabalgana footbridge (Vitoria), the bridges over the Tagus river (Alcántara) and on the Guadalquivir (Montoro), the footbridge over the Miño river (Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal), the bridge over the Genil river (Granada), the Harley Street footbridge (Cork, Ireland) or the viaduct over the Ulla river. Bridge over the Tagus River (Alcántara, Cáceres) – FHECOR Roberto Turégano, curator of the exhibition, explains to ABC that “the exhibition aims to demonstrate the power of design and creativity in the construction of bridges in Spanish engineering.” Is Spain among the great bridge-building powers? “Don’t go in, I think we are the best,” he points out. And he cites as an example the Mersey Bridge, in the United Kingdom, which is “the longest cable-stayed bridge at present and has been built by this Spanish company. We do not fully understand the power of our own companies. Bridge over the Guadalquivir River (Montoro, Córdoba) – FHECOR For the curator of the exhibition, “building bridges is essential to establish solid and lasting relationships between people, human groups and even between declared adversaries. It is always possible to resolve conflicts and advance in our challenges if one is willing to look, cross or travel the space that separates one shore from the other, overcoming obstacles ». «You have to cross the bridges, find yourself on them. The bridge has so much meaning … It is a very rich world », says Turégano. Your favorite bridge? «There is one that I really like in Bassano del Grappa, in Italy. It is made of wood, covered. It is like a great hall where you can see the Alps ». José Romo, CEO of FHECOR and bridge designer, comments that “for more than 40 years we have had the opportunity to design emblematic bridges and footbridges in very different places in Spain and Europe of which we are very proud. With this exhibition we wanted to “build bridges” to citizens and share with them these works that have been done in this century and that we believe contribute to improving the urban landscape and the quality of life of those who use them ». .

Borussia Dortmund is no longer a championship goal for the Bundesliga

DMost of Borussia Dortmund’s relatives were in a good mood when they gradually arrived on the training ground on Thursday to start the new season with a corona test. Marco Reus will continue to fail indefinitely due to his persistent tendon injury in the adductor area, and Mats Hummels will have to cut back for the time being; the veteran turned over during his privately carried out fitness exercises.

For this, the young Youssoufa Moukoko is now part of the professional squad, even if he is only allowed to play in the Bundesliga after his 16th birthday in November. The highly gifted striker “should now be brought up to senior football,” said Michael Zorc, who was able to convince two other newcomers to move to BVB: Thomas Meunier (right-back from Paris St. Germain) and Jude Bellingham (midfielder from Birmingham City).

“We are delighted that it will start again,” said the sports director, even if the company is still in a pandemic state of emergency. “Unfortunately, the Corona issue will continue to accompany us,” said Zorc, who hopes, however, that another annoyance of the recent past will become less relevant: the debates about discrepancies between the previously announced season goal and reality.

These controversies have had such a negative impact on the everyday climate in recent years that managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke announced at the end of June that he would no longer be naming any specific goals for a game year. “After last season’s experience, it doesn’t make sense,” Zorc said. The public handling of the announcements for the summer of 2019 has resulted in “that we feel that we are being driven by naming the season goal”.

Moods in the environment and atmospheric currents are always an important factor in the course of a football year, now they hope with their new strategy not to be confronted with more or less sneering headlines after each defeat to an impending failure to meet their own demands. It will be exciting to see whether this plan works, because dealing with seasonal goals has always been a difficult topic in the debates surrounding BVB. Also internally.

The 2018/2019 season was declared the year of upheaval after the separation from coach Thomas Tuchel, which is why, despite the clear lead in the table, those responsible hesitated a long time before taking the risk of publicly confirming that they had decided to become champions . In the end, Bayern celebrated the title and at BVB they came to the conclusion in the subsequent seasonal analysis that it might have been better to say clearly earlier that the championship was aimed for.

There followed a change in the communication strategy: They wanted to “try everything to become champions,” said Watzke a year ago, which was understood as an announcement to FC Bayern. Now after each defeat, somebody spoke smugly of the “self-proclaimed championship candidate”, which in the subtext meant nothing more than: They opened their mouths too far. “To be honest – we don’t need this game anymore,” said Zorc now. “It is clear that we will continue to be very ambitious as Borussia Dortmund.” The people in charge are switching to the line of Lucien Favre, who alienates with full-bodied announcements.

However, the game that those responsible would like to end has been running for a long time. Because of course the wish for the title lives in the team, which was recently explicitly reinforced with courageous and confident leaders like Emre Can or the incredible Erling Haaland. The championship “must always be the goal if you have such a team”, Hummels recently explained, and Haaland told the “Sport-Bild”: “We have the quality to be champions.”

In fact, a lot is possible in the upcoming season. Many of the young players continue to mature, with Achraf Hakimi only one important professional has left, and with Moukoko they have a second center forward from November, who was missing recently. In addition, the always flaring discussions about Lucien Favre have stopped. It is now well known that the Swiss has certain weaknesses, but it is now easier for officials and also many critical spirits from the area to endure.

Because Favre’s qualities as a specialist and integrative force have also convinced skeptics that there is simply no better head coach available for BVB at the moment. “We have a growing relationship of trust with each other,” said Zorc, so it was not necessary to talk to the coach about an extension of the contract ending in the summer of 2021. BVB could start the new season with the greatest optimism. If it weren’t for FC Bayern, which has always stood in the way when the Dortmunders were just about to fulfill their big dream of a party with a bowl at Borsigplatz.


This technology divides the auto industry

Production of a fuel cell car at Toyota

The price of 80,000 euros and the missing gas station network make the Mirai an exotic one.

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Stuttgart, Munich The visit and the associated message were visibly important to Peter Altmaier. The Federal Government is finally making seven billion euros available from the Corona stimulus package for the hydrogen economy, as the Federal Minister of Economics emphasized. Last Friday, he patiently followed the BMW engineers’ comments on how the fuel cell works.

The minister especially noted the confession of his host. Depending on the general conditions, BMW boss Oliver Zipse weighed his words, “Hydrogen fuel cell technology has the potential to become another pillar in the BMW Group’s drive portfolio”. BMW will start with a small series in 2022, from 2025 onwards one could think about series production.

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A diplomatic marathon to try to save the face of the European Union

In the 70-year history of the European project, never before has such fragmentation been exhibited in Brussels as has become apparent after these last three days of marathon and unsuccessful negotiations. The “summit of truth” has faced a cruel bath of reality, that of see themselves unable to get ahead this weekend the long-awaited recovery fund that would help rescue from the economic suffocation that the coronavirus has caused in the countries of the South, with Spain and Italy as the most punished States.

Not even having this time on her side the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, formerly known for being the great advocate of austerity during the 2008 financial crisis, served to assert the first word that gives meaning to the EU: union. The extraordinary European Council, the first in which the leaders of the Twenty-Seven met again after the outbreak of the pandemic and was scheduled to end on Saturday, became an absolute pulse, with the so-called ‘frugal’ countries as the great ‘executioners’ of the South.

Austria, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, at the head, were in charge of making it very clear that community cohesion is now more than ever a rare commodity in the European institutions. It does not matter that the urgency is pressing and that criticism for its lack of solidarity threatens to raise shadows of disintegration around the European project. None of the ‘frugal’ wanted to give their arm to twist or yield whole in exchange for the agreement.

“We realize that there are major problems in the South and we want to help them too, but we want them to implement the necessary reforms,” ​​the Dutch Prime Minister reiterated yesterday, Mark Rutte, who has emerged these days as the ‘black beast’ of negotiation. The President of the Netherlands boasted that this time his voice was heard and he was not alone. In fact, with the support of the rest of the ‘frugal’, he asked to cut the total amount of the fund by 50,000 million, up to 700,000 million, of which half would be grants and the other, loans.

In this fight of David – the small countries that defend austerity – against Goliath – the great powers of the EU, with Germany, France, Italy and Spain at the top – he only won the division. Without forgetting the frustration and despair, like when Saturday night Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron abandoned the negotiation. “They will flee and we will see each other the next day. Sometimes they are very difficult conversations, “was what Rutte thought, as he told reporters yesterday.

“Opposite” positions

The proof that the EU is at a critical moment and totally elusive to the unity of action were the impressions that the Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, transmitted after the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, ordered a recess after seeing in a dead end the dialogue by the castled positions. “I have rarely seen positions so diametrically opposed in seven years at many points, “Bettel acknowledged. Meanwhile, the accusations rained down on the “frugal” of trying to drown the countries of the South so as not to lose any privilege.

As if that were not enough, in the diplomatic struggle to try to curdle a proposal that would satisfy all member states regarding the post-pandemic recovery plan, another element of discord arose. Once again, the figure of Rutte came to light when the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban accused “the Dutch guy” of the blockade in the negotiations for asking for more control over the plan’s aid and, above all, for imposing conditions related to the rule of law to receive financing.

“I don’t know what the Dutch Prime Minister hates me for”Orban snapped at the press in Brussels. It was just one more anecdote about the disunity and disagreement of the European family.


Young people and Covid-19: health authorities concerned

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For our weekly update on the progress of research on Covid-19, we are interested in a population that is the subject of debate: that of adolescents and young adults. In Catalonia, Canada and France, the proportion of 15-35 year olds among the contaminated seems to be increasing. Is it due to a relaxation on their part? Or is the virus adapting to this population? Lighting by Nicolas Rocca from the France Sciences department of RFI.

Why do young people worry health authorities?

This is because more of them seem to contract the virus than when the epidemic arrived. In France, Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, called on young people to be vigilant in the face of what he called a “relaxation”. He said that screening campaigns showed an upward trend in this population. But it is a finding that is also made in other countries: in Canada, 20-39 year olds are now the most affected age group. Since June 8 they represent almost 40% of new cases.

How to explain this increase in the number of cases among young people?

One hypothesis would be that the virus has mutated and adapted to younger people. ” I don’t believe it for a minute, However, Professor Eric Caumes, head of the infectious diseases department of the Pitié Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, assures us. The virus mutates, it’s true, but from the start there were young people who were infected. In the epidemic peak of March-April, they were not hospitalized. But here we are dealing with the fact that the elderly protect themselves, pay attention, go out little and are vigilant about wearing a mask. Young people are contaminated in a much more important way. »

It is their more active social life, and a form of relaxation, which would cause the spread of the virus. The 15-35 year olds often have few or no symptoms and this favors contamination. Party circles are highly criticized by the health authorities, but for all that, these outbreaks remain very much in the minority … For example in France, the epidemic outbreaks identified from private gatherings only represent 5% of cases, transmissions during meetings of family or work remain clearly in the majority.

How can we limit contamination among young people?

The communications and decisions of the authorities in Catalonia and France aim in particular to limit gatherings outside. In Brittany, for example, some beaches or parks have been closed to avoid evenings for young people. But these measures are considered unnecessary by Professor Eric Caumes.

« The Chinese have done a study on their clusters. And of the 300 or so studied, only one was due to an external event. I do not believe that it is by preventing access to the beaches that we will get there. On the contrary, there is a risk of aggravating the phenomenon. The young people instead of meeting on the beaches or on the terrace will meet in apartments. And there the risks of contamination will be major. If we want to do something effective, we must ban gatherings of more than five people as the Belgians do. »

If this age group is less vigilant, it is because the virus is less fatal for adolescents and young adults than for their elders. However, for them as for others, caution remains in order

First of all, significant contamination in young people can have an impact on mortality, because it increases the chance of contamination of people at risk, for example during family gatherings. And then being young and well does not prevent recovery from a Covid-19 infection from being complicated. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a US health agency, in 26% of young adults at least one symptom of Covid persists three weeks after infection. The risks of relapse or prolonged illness also exist for this age group.