After Bayern had targeted the Dutch full-back for several months and Flick named the 19-year-old as his desired player the German record champions refused to increase its reported 20-million-euro offer. Barca is said to invest 25 million eruos plus a higher salary.
New arrival Nayef Aguerd's goal after 33 minutes put Rennes in front. Serhou Guirassy scored a brilliant volley set up by winger Romain Del Castillo in the 52nd minute to extend Rennes' lead, before Adrien Hunou added the third in the closing period with a superb lob.
After the goalless draw, Luneng finished the first session of the league sitting in a third out of eight in Dalian division standings. The season league title favorite will try to reach the CSL semifinals in two legged playoff against Beijing Guoan in October.
Atletico Madrid were unable to repeat the performance that gave them a 6-1 win over Granada at the weekend, as they were held 0-0 away to recently promoted Huesca.
Manuel Neuer tried to play down the unrest by saying: "We know what we are facing this season. We shouldn't speak about our tiredness but accept it."
World No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic will kick off his campaign for an 18th major title against Sweden's Mikael Ymer later on the central court. Enditem
"Our endeavor is to ensure that our sporting facilities can compare favorably with the top addresses around the world. We are in the process of developing other sporting facilities throughout the country," he said in a statement issued after the opening ceremony.
"LGD caught a lot of attention. Though they had problems at the beginning, they know how to adjust themselves. The other three teams all have experienced coaches and managers. I think they will be in best condition for the following games," said Jin Yibo, co-CEO of Tencent Sports. Enditem
With the result, Hoffenheim capture the top spot with two wins from two games whereas Bayern Munich slip to the 7th position after suffering their first loss in 2020.
Bayern looked more active but wasn't able to create clear-cut chances against a well-positioned Hoffenheim defence.
The 16-team CSL was split into two groups respectively in Dalian and Suzhou. Both groups will play 14 rounds in the first phase, which is to end next Monday.