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Chelsea see first Erling Haaland swap deal transfer bid rejected by Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea have reportedly seen their opening offer for Erling Haaland rejected by Borussia Dortmund, according to Sky Germany. After weeks of intense speculation, the Blues have finally made their first move for the Norwegian striker who is Thomas Tuchel’s No 1 target but as they have said all summer, Dortmund are insistent Haaland is not for sale.

Despite that, agent Mino Raiola continues to be open-minded in regards to his client’s future as he continues to speak with Chelsea in the background.

He has been told quite clearly by Dortmund that they do not want to sell Haaland at any price.

The 20-year-old’s £64million release clause becomes active next summer and is set to spark a scramble.

Yet having already lost Jadon Sancho to Manchester United, Dortmund are not willing to entertain offers for their talisman.

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Tuchel is solely focused on landing a new No 9 despite winning the Champions League last season.

Match-winner Kai Havertz operated as a false-nine in the final against Manchester City but Chelsea have lacked a clinical, goalscoring striker.

Timo Werner was supposed to provide that but he failed to live up to expectations in front of goal since arriving from RB Leipzig last summer.

He has instead played from the left-side of attack and now Haaland is deemed to be the final piece of the jigsaw.

Tuchel confirmed several months ago that Chelsea were interested in signing Harry Kane, should he be available.

However, they now appeared to be focused on signing Haaland and they have a free run on the Dortmund striker.

Barcelona and Real Madrid held talks in Spain with Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland but both clubs cannot finance a deal.

Manchester United finally convinced Edinson Cavani to sign a one-year contract extension and therefore no longer need a new centre-forward.

Meanwhile, City are focusing their efforts on signing Kane although Daniel Levy is expected to win the battle and keep his star striker in north London.

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Chelsea to submit first Erling Haaland swap deal bid to Dortmund including £50m-rated star

Chelsea are preparing to include Tammy Abraham as a makeweight in a big-money bid for Borussia Dortmund talisman Erling Haaland this summer, according to reports. The Blues are believed to be keen admirers of the 20-year-old, who has established himself as one of the world’s best young players since joining the Bundesliga outfit in January of last year.

Haaland has scored 57 goals in just 59 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions, earning links to a number of Europe’s biggest clubs in the process.

Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City have all been credited with an interest in the Norway international, but Chelsea appear to be the frontrunners in the race for his signature.

The west London club are in desperate need of a top-class striker to lead the line in advance of a renewed Premier League title challenge next season.

Timo Werner has struggled to fire on all cylinders since joining from RB Leipzig last summer, while Olivier Giroud looks set to sign for AC Milan in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Abraham has fallen drastically out of favour under Thomas Tuchel despite finishing as the club’s joint-top scorer in all competitions last season.

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A move for Haaland appears to have been prioritised by Chelsea, but Dortmund are said to value their man at around £150million, with their firm stance threatening to pour cold water on the possibility of a Stamford Bridge switch this summer.

However, the newly-crowned European champions are planning to mitigate this by including Abraham as part of a player-plus-cash deal, according to the Daily Mirror.

The report claims that Aston Villa and West Ham United have been keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, but have both been informed that he could be used as a makeweight in any Chelsea move for Haaland.

The Blues reportedly value Abraham at £50m, which suggests that they could be prepared to shell out £100m for Dortmund’s prized asset in addition to sending the former Bristol City loanee the other way.


Despite Chelsea’s internal optimism over their newly-hatched plan, Haaland’s current employers are said to be hell-bent on keeping him at the Westfalenstadion for at least another season as they prepare to chase a first Bundesliga title in ten years.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke previously suggested that the forward will not leave the club under any circumstances this summer.

“I have the clear expectation that Erling Haaland will play for us next year,” Watzke told Sport Bild in May. “And I don’t waste any thoughts on anything else.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal icon Paul Merson recently urged Chelsea to act on their reported interest in Haaland ahead of next season in spite of Dortmund’s opposition to a move.

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“Of all the teams who are in for Erling Haaland, Chelsea are the ones who need him most,” he wrote in the Daily Star.

“They have always been successful with someone who has a presence up front and Haaland has that. He’s going to score bundles wherever he goes.

“And if you buy him this summer, you still have the prospect of being able to sell him for a profit later down the line because of his age.”

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Landlords swap offices for student housing as pandemic hastens change

The world’s biggest commercial property landlord is shuffling its $ 378bn real estate deck.

Two moves by Blackstone — the sale of BNY Mellon’s London office in St Paul’s to Italian insurer Generali for £465m, sealed this week according to people familiar with the deal, and an approach to buy student housing operator GCP Student Living — are a sign of how landlords are repositioning their portfolios as the pandemic accelerates structural trends.

Covid-19 has hastened the decline of two key commercial property sectors — retail and offices — and prompted landlords to pile into alternatives they believe will fare better.

Top of their shopping list are: warehouses, supported by the ecommerce boom; rental flats and student housing, made attractive by home shortages and growing student populations across Europe; and life sciences campuses, buoyed by huge investment in research and development.

“These are megatrends which have . . . been accelerated by the pandemic,” said James Seppala, head of real estate in Europe at Blackstone.

A decade ago, offices and shops accounted for about 70 per cent of total European property deal volume, according to Real Capital Analytics. This year they account for 35 per cent, with the residential and logistics sectors gaining ground.

Chart showing European deal volume by property sector

Mike Prew, an analyst at Jefferies, said the pandemic had accelerated the “value transfer” from retail to “beds, meds and sheds” — residential housing, healthcare and life science property and warehouses.

Life science hits record

The most likely to excite fund managers is life sciences — a niche where price records are being broken as investors look to buy into or develop high-tech campuses close to education hubs in Europe.

In May, Oxford university’s Magdalen College put a 40 per cent stake in the Oxford Science Park on the market, priced at about £100m — more than five times what the college paid for 50 per cent of the park in 2016.

“You’ve got burgeoning demand, insufficient supply and growing rents. Is this the fastest growing sector bar none? Absolutely,” said Simon Hope, head of global capital markets at property agent Savills.

Properties range from conventional offices to complex labs. The key driver of value is location. “It’s ‘genius loci’: it’s the great schools, it’s the talent,” said Hope. The hottest location in the UK and Europe is in the so-called “golden triangle” between Oxford, Cambridge and London.

“The world’s financial firepower, particularly from the US, is trained on the UK because we’ve got four of the top 10 universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and University College London,” said Hope.

A record £2.4bn was invested in life sciences property in the area in 2020 and investors are still looking to deploy more than twice that amount, according to consultancy Bidwells.

“We’re spending a lot of time in the life science space . . . It’s under-developed in Europe broadly and in the UK specifically. With the amount of research institutions in the UK there’s a huge opportunity,” said Brad Hyler, who manages a $ 38bn portfolio as head of real estate in Europe at Brookfield.

Brookfield owns half of the Harwell life science campus south of Oxford, and last month the Canadian investment group paid TPG Real Estate Partners £714m for Arlington, a science and technology property group with assets in the golden triangle.

But according to Hyler, the real opportunity is in building labs and campuses from scratch. Brookfield is looking at developing around European cities in “Germany, Switzerland and elsewhere”.

Warehouse boom

Another emerging hotspot for property investors is logistics, where the growing popularity of online shopping has given a big boost to demand for warehouse space.

Through its Mileway subsidiary, Blackstone has accrued a large network of warehouses close to European cities, while Brookfield has spent more than €1bn in the past year building a portfolio across France, Spain, Germany and Poland.

Rents from warehouse occupiers have held up relatively well during the pandemic, and demand for space has been a boon for companies in the sector.

While shares in the biggest UK office landlords, such as British Land and Land Securities, are down between 20 and 30 per cent from pre-Covid levels, and shopping centre owner Hammerson has lost three-quarters, warehouse developer Segro is up 16 per cent.

Residential opportunities

Investors are also betting on the residential sector, favouring properties for rent and student accommodation.

“Look at these big European cities: they are large employment hubs with a huge housing shortage and historically stable economies. It makes a good opportunity,” said Mark Allnutt, senior managing director at Greystar, a US property investor that recently raised €725m to invest in European residential property.

“People want to live in Amsterdam and London and there aren’t enough homes in those cities,” added Seppala.

Undersupply is also a features of the student housing market, which should help pull the sector through the disruption caused by the pandemic, said Hyler. Brookfield, which owns student housing operator Student Roost, is planning to increase investment on the continent.

Offices and shops still make up more than half of the total investible property sector in Europe, according to Real Capital Analytics. As money crowds into particular asset classes, investors admit there are risks of overpaying.

Chart showing proportion of investable stock in Europe by asset class

Unlike the financial crisis in 2008, the pandemic has not triggered a wave of distressed assets hitting the market. But if banks lose patience with hard-hit landlords, opportunities to gamble on knockdown deals may appear, said Guillaume Cassou, head of the European real estate team at private equity firm KKR, which has just closed a $ 2.2bn fund to invest in western Europe.

“The important part is to play offence and defence at the same time,” he said.

Manchester United stance on Harry Kane swap deal with Tottenham – EXCLUSIVE

Manchester United aren’t planning a swap deal with Tottenham in order to sign Harry Kane, Express Sport understands. The England international has been linked with a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ahead of the Euro 2020 final with Italy. But the Red Devils are focusing on other targets instead.

Kane wants to leave Tottenham.

The 27-year-old has grown tired of the north London giants’ failure to win trophies, with the striker yet to win any silverware throughout his career so far.

That could end on Sunday if England beat Italy to win Euro 2020 but, regardless, Kane feels the time is right to try his luck elsewhere.

Over the past 24 hours, a move to United has been talked up. Despite the Red Devils landing Jadon Sancho, they know they can’t rely on a 34-year-old Edinson Cavani for the long term.

With Kane one of the best strikers in world football, Solskjaer’s side could certainly be forgiven for targeting the Spurs marksman.

Yet Express Sport has been told that claims United are readying a swap deal are ‘nonsense’.

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Instead, the Red Devils are prioritising the arrival of a new centre-back and central midfielder as they target Premier League title glory next time out.

At the back, Raphael Varane is being eyed.

United are making good progress on a deal for the France international, who is ready to leave Real Madrid after a decade of glittering service over in sunny Spain.

Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt but, having signed Sergio Ramos on a free transfer from Los Blancos, are now poised to look at other areas of their squad instead.

United have long admired Varane, with interest dating back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.

And there’s a confidence over at Old Trafford the player will sign on the dotted line, a decade after he first turned them down.


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In midfield, United are targeting a deal for Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga.

While some concerns exist over the talented 18-year-old, such as his maturity and lack of Premier League football, he’s very much their chosen target at the current moment in time.

West Ham star Declan Rice is also of interest but there’s a realisation the Hammers won’t let him leave on the cheap, with a fee of £100million previously mooted.

And whether United can add more players to their roster is something only time will tell, with Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton already snapped up.

Meanwhile, Kane has spoken about what playing in the final of Euro 2020 will mean to him – and also opened up on potentially matching Sir Bobby Moore by lifting a major trophy.

“Whenever your name is mentioned in the same company as players like that, it only gives you motivation, gives you confidence,” said Kane.

“It will be an incredible achievement, we’ve all waited so long as players and the public as people to see us in the final. These are the opportunities to grab with both hands.

“We have an amazing chance to win our second major trophy as a country. The players we’ve had over the years and produced, we feel proud to be representing them as well.

“We’ve got to be excited for it, we’ve got to enjoy it. We’re all winners here, we all want to win. And we’re going to need every bit of that to get the job done on Sunday.”

Kane also admitted it would be the biggest match of his career so far.

“It’s the biggest game in my career so far,” added the Tottenham star.

“Probably the biggest game of all our careers.

“Doing something special with England would probably surpass anything at club level just because of the magnitude, the long wait for a final, the long wait to win a trophy.

“At the moment, it doesn’t feel too different.

“We’ve come back to camp, pretty much in the same routine we have been for the last few games. A bit of nerves, a bit of excitement. As the game gets closer, you’re more focused.”

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Papers: Utd and Juve eye Pogba-Ronaldo swap deal

Back-page headlines and transfer rumours from Saturday’s newspapers…


Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo have been linked with a swap deal this summer as both players’ contracts are due to expire at the end of next season.

Arsenal are reportedly “desperate to sell” players like Alexandre Lacazette in order to shed wages and implement younger players into Mikel Arteta’s squad this summer.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring against Sheffield United

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is set to put as many as eight players up for sale as the Reds plot a major squad overhaul this summer.


Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has asked to leave the club this summer while new boss Nuno Espirito Santo is interested in Joachim Anderson, who impressed last season on loan at Fulham from Lyon.

Real Madrid have given Raphael Varane’s agent the green light to hold talks with Manchester United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to land the defender for a cut-price £43 million.

Arsenal will launch a surprise £40 million bid for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after Euro 2020.


Sergio Ramos has snubbed a £10m deal from Manchester United in favour of joining Paris Saint-Germain instead.

Arsenal target Nuno Tavares has been pictured on a plane alongside his agent as the Benfica defender is edging closer to a switch to the Emirates.


£27 million 2019 Arsenal signing William Saliba is reportedly set to secure a loan move to Marseille, with his London future far from secure.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match at Stamford Bridge, London. Picture date: Wednesday May 5, 2021.


Arsenal have reportedly been linked with a shock late move to snap up free agent Sergio Ramos as his move to Paris Saint-Germain has yet to be confirmed.

Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Sheffield United ace Sander Berge with a view to bolstering their midfield ranks ahead of Granit Xhaka’s possible departure.

Manchester United have reportedly ended their long-drawn-out pursuit of Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele.

Manchester United look set to miss out on target Christoph Baumgartner after he pledged his future to Hoffenheim.


Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard’s future remains up in the air despite Leicester City pulling the plug on a move for the Frenchman, and Kevin Nisbet could fill his boots after he emerged as a Parkhead target.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 10: Odsonne Edouard in action for Celtic during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Livingston at Celtic Park, on April 10, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

Former AZ and Rosenborg right back Jonas Svensson could be the man to solve Celtic’s right back problems following his release from the Dutch club.


Alfredo Morelos is close to completing his transfer to Porto and Rangers are set to receive a £10million upfront fee for the striker plus £4m in bonuses, according to media in Portugal.

Former Hearts kid and Celtic-linked Aaron Hickey is a shock transfer target for Napoli after their former manager Gianni di Marzia urged the club to buy him from Bologna.


David de Gea is determined to stay at Manchester United despite facing even more competition for his place following the signing of Tom Heaton.

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Man City launch £100m Harry Kane bid 'with view to a swap deal' as Tottenham respond

Manchester City have reportedly launched an opening offer of £100million for Harry Kane on the eve of England’s Group D decider against Czech Republic but Tottenham have made it clear he is not for sale at any price. The Premier League champions have now made their first move for the Three Lions captain, who has placed his future on hold until after the European Championships.

Before the tournament, Kane made no secret of the fact he was open to the prospect of a new challenge.

The Premier League golden boot winner told Gary Neville in an interview with Sky Sports that there was a conversation to be had with Daniel Levy after Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Despite being tied down to a long-term contract until 2024, Kane wants to win trophies and has grown frustrated with Spurs’ lack of progress, particularly following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.

It’s understood he favours a move to Manchester City, where he would get the chance to work under Pep Guardiola and compete for the biggest prizes in club football.

Kane has also named Kevin de Bruyne as the player he would like to play with most in the future.

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Gareth Southgate has made it clear that he does not want transfer sagas disrupting his England camp.

Kane is keen to respect that and will not discuss his future until after the Euros.

City will have to raise their offer if they are to entice Tottenham into a sale.

That could involve including a number of players in the deal, with Gabriel Jesus one of the players who could reportedly head the other way.

Raheem Sterling is another possible alternative but ultimately, any final decision on Kane’s future will rest with Levy.

It could mean that Kane has to push hard himself to manufacture his own exit, something that appears incredibly unlikely.

City are yet to spend over £100m on one player but Kane is now deemed the final piece of the jigsaw as they target Champions League success.

Erling Haaland is also on their radar but Kane is now believed to be their top target, while a move for Jack Grealish is also on the agenda.

To fund both deals, City will need to sell and the likes of Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Jesus and Riyad Mahrez are all facing uncertain futures.

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How to get rid of visceral fat: The simple diet swap that can reduce the belly fat

“Visceral fat makes more ‘cytokines’ than other fat,” Dr Louise Wiseman said. “These can cause inflammation in the body and promote heart disease.” Not only that, too much visceral fat is linked to various health conditions. Dr Wiseman pointed out that visceral fat potentially increases the risk of:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Asthma
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer

“It also produces a protein that encourages blood vessels to constrict and blood pressure to go up,” she warned.

When the data was analysed, the researchers noted that the participants in the whole grain group lost an extra 100 calories daily than the other group.

Senior author Dr Susan Roberts said: “The extra calories lost by those who ate whole grains was equivalent of a brisk 30-minute walk.”

Previous research has also highlighted that a whole grain diet might reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and inflammation.

Whole grain options

  • Whole oats
  • Whole wheat
  • Whole rye
  • Bulgar wheat
  • Brown rice
  • Wholewheat cous cous

Why do manufacturers bother to refine grains?

Refined grains have a longer shelf life than whole grains.

“Eat whole grains rather than refined grains as often as possible,” advised the Mayo Clinic.

If you’re not sure something has whole grains, check the nutrition label on the product.

Do make sure that the words “whole grains” appear among the first items in the ingredient list too.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed
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Chelsea willing to offer Callum Hudson-Odoi and two other players in Harry Kane swap deal

Chelsea are willing to offer as many as three players to Tottenham in exchange for Harry Kane, according to reports. The Spurs marksman is set to be at the centre of one of the biggest transfer sagas of the past decade this summer as he prepares to leave north London.
Kane has already gone public and confirmed his desire to move on, claiming his future will be decided by him and not Daniel Levy.

While the England international does not want to risk upsetting the club he loves so dearly, he is willing to tell Levy that he wants to leave at the end of the season.

In the past, Kane has been heavily linked with moves to both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Yet his desire to break Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League goalscoring record has worked in favour of Tottenham.

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He has been cast aside in recent months by Thomas Tuchel and is expected to leave the club this summer.

The former Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa loanee was left out of the Chelsea squad for the FA Cup final last weekend, despite being their top scorer this season.

Spurs are also keen on signing a new goalkeeper as Hugo Lloris enters the final year of his contract.

Chelsea are keen to offload their £71million flop Kepa this summer and they believe he is still worth close to £40m.

Furthermore, Hudson-Odoi is a player with frightening potential that is still waiting to be unlocked.

Bayern Munich had four bids rejected for the winger, whose value remains high.

Tottenham do want a sizeable fee included in any package for Kane and would prefer straight cash.

That would allow them to reinvest in their squad, which is in desperate need of an overhaul.

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Swap out your daily cup of tea or coffee for matcha tea to boost your health – Liz Earle

A temporary increase in heart rate is usually what’s at play when energy expenditure is increased without exercise.

Is it safe to drink matcha green tea every day?

According to Holland and Barrett, it’s perfectly safe to drink matcha tea every day.

“If you’re pregnant or sensitive to caffeine, you should keep an eye on your consumption as it’s relatively high in caffeine,” the health body advises.

“Ingesting excessive amounts of green tea have been linked with toxicity, so it’s important you don’t drink too much matcha.”

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Man Utd's Champions League bonus money sparks Ronaldo swap deal rumours

Manchester United are looking to splash the cash on Cristiano Ronaldo now that they’ve all but secured Champions League football next season, according to sensational reports from Italy.

The Red Devils beat Tottenham[1] 3-1 last time out and are now nine points clear of Chelsea[2] in fifth with seven games left to play.

Barring anything going drastically wrong, Man United will finish in the top four, meaning extra money will be made available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer transfer window.

And this is where things get interesting, according to Calciomercato, via Sport Witness.[3]

The publication claims that Man United are considering a transfer for former player Ronaldo, who has not ruled out returning to Old Trafford one day in the future.

Extra money may be made available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer transfer window
Extra money may be made available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer transfer window

The deal could reportedly include Paul Pogba going in the opposite direction and signing for Juventus.[4]

Super agent Mino Raiola announced last year that his client, Pogba, was unhappy at Old Trafford and looking to leave – perhaps as soon as that January transfer window.

He name-dropped Pogba’s former team, Juventus,[5] as being a possible suitor for good measure.

Manchester United are reportedly considering splashing the cash on Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United are reportedly considering splashing the cash on Cristiano Ronaldo

Raiola’s announcement came on the eve of Manchester United’s Champions League defeat by RB Leipzig, which is said to have left Solskjaer infuriated.

Pogba was going through a difficult period at the time, but has since turned things around at Man United[6] and is in the form of his life for the Red Devils.

It is not yet clear if he still wants to leave at the end of the season, or whether he will commit himself to United.


  1. ^ Tottenham (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chelsea (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Sport Witness. (sportwitness.co.uk)
  4. ^ Juventus. (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ Juventus, (www.mirror.co.uk)
  6. ^ Man United (www.mirror.co.uk)

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