Man Utd launch stunning £25m transfer move to sign Birmingham ace Jude Bellingham ahead of Arsenal

first_imgMan Utd launch stunning £25m transfer move to sign Birmingham ace Jude Bellingham ahead of Arsenal Arsenal have also expressed interest in the teenage midfielder (Picture: Getty)The 16-year-old is expected to join Manchester United, providing the Premier League club can convince him and his representatives that the move would be the best one possible for his career.Bellingham has made three appearances for England’s U17 side and is expected to be in action on Saturday when Birmingham host Cardiff City.Manchester United, currently fifth in the Premier League, face unbeaten leaders and arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday.MORE: Wes Brown backs Man Utd to secure Premier League top-four finish under SolskjaerMORE: West Ham defender Diop responds to Manchester United and Chelsea transfer linksMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jan 2020 5:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Advertisement Liverpool v Manchester United: Jurgen Klopp press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 23:14FullscreenLiverpool v Manchester United: Jurgen Klopp press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Old Trafford hierarchy are keen to strengthen Solskjaer’s side and have identified Bellingham as a player who can bring long-term benefits to Manchester United.ADVERTISEMENTThe Daily Record say United have made an extraordinary £25m move for the Birmingham midfielder and hope to strike a deal ahead of Arsenal, who also hold ‘strong interest’.AdvertisementAdvertisementBellingham became Birmingham’s youngest ever first-team player when he made his Blues debut at the start of the season and is also attracting interest from scouts from across Europe.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEd Woodward has shown a desire to sign young British players over the past two transfer windows, with United spending almost £150m on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James last summer.The Red Devils expressed interest in signing Sean Longstaff from Newcastle United last summer, while Leicester City’s James Maddison has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.But United appear set to make Sporting star Fernandes their marquee January signing, while also bringing prospect Bellingham to Manchester.center_img Comment Manchester United have launched a stunning transfer move for Jude Bellingham (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have launched a stunning £25million transfer move for Birmingham’s highly-rated teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham, according to reports.Bellingham, 16, has made 24 appearances for Championship side Birmingham this season and his performances have attracted the attention of Premier League giants United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to bolster his midfield options during the January transfer window, and United are in advanced talks with Sporting Lisbon over a deal for Bruno Fernandes. Advertisementlast_img read more

UW opens inagural B1G hockey conference with border battle at Minnesota

first_imgBig Ten hockey has arrived, at least Minnesota has, as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team travels to take on the No. 1 Gophers in a border battle that will inaugurate the new conference for both teams.With the new conference and facing off against the top team in the nation setting the stage, the stakes heading into the Friday-Saturday series could not be higher for the Badgers (4-3-1, 0-0 Big Ten).Yet for University of Wisconsin, they are simply happy to be getting back on the ice.“We’re excited to get back playing. The fact that we’re going into Minnesota and they’re ranked where they are, our kids will be excited,” head coach Mike Eaves said in a press conference Monday. “It’s an opportunity to bang the drum a little bit and make some noise by going in there and playing well, see what we can do.”The Badgers will enter Mariucci Arena coming off a bye week, the team’s third week off in the last five weeks, having played just eight games to Minnesota’s 12 games played so far this season.It is a challenge to keep the veteran squad focused and working hard despite having such little game-time minutes, Eaves said the team has found ways to make practice interesting, incorporating new drills and new techniques, as well as simulating game-like scenarios.“It is a challenge. It’s been kind of a fun one. I think, what it does, it gets us outside of our normal box. We’ve been creative,” Eaves said. “I think we’ve learned some new techniques and training things and drills that have kept our guys’ interest piqued, but at the same time, trying to keep them as close to game ready as we can.”While the Badgers will be coming in well-rested, the Gophers head into the series after splitting a pair of games last weekend with Minnesota-Duluth. Following a decisive 6-1 victory in game one over the Bulldogs, the Gophers went on to drop the second game 6-2, crushing the team’s 10-game unbeaten streak at home after giving up three UMD goals in the opening period.Boasting the second-best offense in the nation, averaging more than four goal-per-game, Minnesota will be a challenge to contain for the Badger defense and goaltending pair of juniors Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson. Junior Gopher forward Sam Warning leads the way on the attack with a team-high 19 points off five goals and 14 assists, putting him in third on the nation’s assists scoreboard. With goal scoring split across the lines for UM, Wisconsin will need to be firing on all cylinders to contain the explosive offense.Yet the meeting will be no easy task for Minnesota, as the rivalry never sees a dull match, as the Badgers boast a team full of depth and experience. While forward Nic Kerdiles saw his 18-game point streak dating back to last season snapped against Miami two weeks ago, the sophomore continues to be one of the most consistent Badgers on the ice with four goals and four assists on the year. Kerdiles sits tied with three other Badgers with eight points on the year, only to be topped by senior forward Michael Mersch with nine points.The last time the two teams faced off was at the Hockey City Classic hosted at Soldier Field in Chicago last season. After a 3-2 victory for Minnesota in game one at the Kohl Center, the Badgers scored three goals in three minutes and 19 seconds in the second period in the frigid outdoors to lead the team to a 3-2 win over a then-ranked No. 2 Gopher squad.last_img read more