Advertisement Bellingham is eager to join Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Borussia Dortmund’s efforts to land Jude Bellingham have hit a snag as the German side have been unable to meet Birmingham’s asking price, according to reports.Bellingham, 16, has his sights set on joining Dortmund and has even agreed personal terms with the Bundesliga giants.Manchester United were also vying to sign Bellingham, but had appeared to lose out to Dortmund.Birmingham reportedly want as much as £50million for Bellingham having written a release clause in his scholarship contract, but Dortmund are struggling to raise significant funds for the deal.ADVERTISEMENTBild claim an offer of £31.5m will be enough to lure Bellingham away from England, but Dortmund have bid £18m for his services.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe coronavirus pandemic has had a severe effect on clubs across the world and is expected to have a big impact on the summer transfer window.Dortmund must sell to raise further funds and have earmarked some players for departure, including coveted forward Jadon Sancho. Coral BarryThursday 18 Jun 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Comment Bellingham can sign is first pro contract this month (Picture: Getty)Birmingham have several suitors for Bellingham, including Arsenal and Chelsea, but Dortmund are working to drive down the price with the knowledge the midfielder wants to join them.Bellingham’s priority is playing time and Dortmund have a history of developing youngsters into first-team stars.But the news of Dortmund’s offer will be a boost to United, who have pulled out all the stops to try and convince Bellingham to become a Red Devil.United gave Bellingham and his parents a tour of Carrington where he held talks with Sir Alex Ferguson.Bellingham turns 17 at the end of this month when he can sign his first pro contract.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confident Angel Gomes will sign new contract at Manchester UnitedMORE: Rescheduled Premier League fixtures for Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool confirmedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Borussia Dortmund struggling to meet asking price for Man Utd transfer target Jude Bellingham Advertisement
Coming off a pair of losses on the west coast, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team returned home to mixed results this weekend, taking a 4-1 victory over Loyola-Chicago Friday before dropping its second game 1-0 to Illinois State Sunday afternoon.Game OneIn their first home game since students returned for the school year, the Badgers wasted little time getting the crowd into it. With junior midfielder Rose Lavelle facilitating the offense, the team scored the first of four goals in the 12th minute after senior midfielder McKenna Meuer managed to get open at the top of box and bury a shot into the lower left corner of the net for her third goal of the season. After scoring just one goal in their previous two contests going into Friday, the Badgers’ attack was in sync and just getting started.Later in the first half, fifth-year senior forward Nikki Greenhalgh notched her first goal of the season after Loyola keeper Maddie Ford couldn’t corral the initial save and Greenhalgh knocked the ball in on the rebound. Up 2-0, the Badgers cruised through the Rambler defense for two more goals from freshman Emily Borgmann (first career goal) and Rose Lavelle (4th of the season) before the Ramblers got on the board with a penalty kick goal by Jenna Szczesny, her third goal of her season.Still up by three goals, the Badgers subbed in some of their younger players. The win brought the Badgers’ record to 3-2, as the team avoided their first losing streak since late in the 2013 campaign.Game 2The Badgers had the look of a team destined to continue their scoring barrage Sunday, but after a series of near-miss shots from Rose Lavelle and missed opportunities by Greenhalgh to knock in crosses early in the game, Wisconsin set the tone for what was arguably the most frustrating showing of the season in a 1-0 loss to Illinois State.Despite controlling the pace of the game for the majority of the contest and firing off 17 shots compared to Illinois State’s 10, something wasn’t clicking for the Badgers offense despite a handful of golden opportunities to knock in a goal.UW head coach Paula Wilkins expressed her disappointment with her team’s inability to finish chances.“We didn’t come out with the focus and the precision of the stuff that we needed to do. I thought we created some good chances early and we didn’t put two away in front of an open net,” Wilkins said. “For the maturity we have on this team, I would expect a little bit more discipline and focus and I think that’s our challenge moving forward.”With the game deadlocked going into the 21st minute, Redbird midfielder Lauren Koehl decided to take matters into her own hands, making a run from midfield and firing a shot from over 30 yards out. Catching the defense off guard, the ball sailed through the box and just over the hands of the leaping Caitlyn Clem, landing in the upper left corner for a 1-0 Illinois State lead.Despite putting 10 shots on the board in the second half, it was ultimately more of the same for a high-powered, but undisciplined, Wisconsin offense. The backline defense, anchored by seniors Brianna Stelzer and Molly Laufenberg, remained dialed-in and successful for 89 of the 90 minutes, their one lapse proved to be fatal as there was no margin for error.The final 10 minutes offered no lack of drama, as the Redbirds dropped back to just one forward, leaning on their defense to endure a frenzy of corner kicks, through balls and near-miss headers. Coming up short, Wisconsin dropped back to 3-3 as Illinois State (2-3-1) notched their second win of the season.Looking back on the weekend as a whole, Wilkins said the team’s shortcomings aren’t strictly on the offense.“I still don’t think we’ve put together a team performance,” Wilkins said. “We can’t be giving up the goals that we are right now, and I think the focus next week in training will be on defending better as a group. We’re going to have to look at our shape and how to do things differently.”The Badgers now hit the road for an extended stretch of games, not returning to the McClimon Center until Sep. 25. Next on their schedule is a trip to UW Milwaukee for a Friday night matchup, starting at 6 p.m.
Starting Wednesday, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-18, 3-15 Big Ten) will play with their season on the line as every game will be win or go home in the Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers will begin this year’s Big Ten Championship against Illinois (11-18, 2-16).The Badgers are in a similar position compared to last season’s campaign. Last year, Wisconsin finished 13th in the conference but surprised many at the tournament with two straight wins including a victory over 5th-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes. Hopefully, the Badgers — currently seeded 12th after a disappointing stretch of conference losses — have a run in them similar to the year prior.Women’s Basketball: Badgers fall on road to Rutgers, end regular season on seven-game losing streakFor a season which began with five out of six wins in non-conference play, the 2019-2020 Big Ten campaign for Read…The Badgers limp into the conference tournament losers of seven consecutive games — all of whom were conference opponents. It seems Wisconsin has run out of gas down the stretch as they have lost their last four games by double digits. Though Wisconsin has struggled, hopefully a week’s rest will help rejuvenate this depleted team. Like Wisconsin, the Illini enter conference play struggling. Illinois has lost six consecutive games. Five of these losses were by double digits and their last win came against conference-worst Penn State. Last season, Illinois lost their opening conference tournament game 72-60 to Purdue.A player to watch for Illinois will be redshirt junior guard Petra Holešínská. Holešínská enters play leading the Illini in scoring at 13.0 points per game and is deadly from behind the arc, ranking 3rd in the Big Ten in three-point percentage at 41.8%. Whenever Holešínská is on the floor, the Badgers must adjust their help-side defense and close-out with their hands up.Women’s Basketball: Ranked conference opponents Maryland, Northwestern dominate faltering BadgersComing into back-to-back ranked contests, the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team (11-17, 3-14 Big Ten) lost four in a Read…Wisconsin will rely on the contributions of star forward Imani Lewis. Lewis enjoyed a stellar sophomore regular season campaign and was an integral part of the offense, averaging 14.3 points per game along with 8.6 rebounds per game. Though Lewis has struggled of late — only scoring nine points on 3-11 shooting in Thursday’s season finale against Rutgers — she has consistently been one of the top performers in the Big Ten. Lewis was recently named to the All-Big Ten second team for her stellar offensive play. If Wisconsin wants to make a run, they will need to rely at least partially on Lewis’ play. Wednesday afternoon will be the second meeting between the Badgers and the Illini, with the Badgers having won 73-64 in their Feb. 2 matchup in Champaign. Women’s Basketball: Badgers need win in ‘prove it’ games with Big Ten schedule nearing closeTo say that the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (10-10, 2-7 Big Ten) has gotten off to a rocky Read…If the Badgers move on, they will take on No. 5 seeded Rutgers for the second time in a week. Thursday’s matchup would be Wisconsin’s third meeting against the Scarlet Knights on the season.