Tottenham could emerge as the strongest contenders to complete the signing of Sampdoria forward Mikkel Damsgaard this summer, with the 21-year-old expected to join a Premier League club, according to reports. Damsgaard has been one of the standout performers at Euro 2020 with Denmark, chipping in with two goals and an assist in five appearances at the tournament.
He scored a remarkable free-kick in Wednesday evening’s semi-final clash with England to give the Danes an early lead, but was unable to prevent the Three Lions from booking their place in the final against Italy on Sunday evening after extra-time.
Damsgaard’s impressive showings have risen his stock since the beginning of the tournament, with a number of clubs believed to be keeping tabs on his potential availability this summer.
He remains under contract with Sampdoria until 2024 but has been linked with the likes of AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan in recent weeks.
Tottenham are also understood to be keen admirers of Damsgaard and could look to mount an approach for his services under the guidance of new managing director of football Fabio Paratici.
If the north London club decide to act on their reported interest this summer, it seems as though Denmark’s brightest young talent could welcome their approach with open arms.
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A Premier League move would be the most likely solution for Damsgaard if Sampdoria end up parting ways with their man this summer, according to Calciomercato.
The report claims that several English clubs have already reached out to the player’s agent in order to establish the likelihood of a move for his services.
Leeds United, West Ham United and Leicester City have previously been credited with an interest in Damsgaard, but it remains to be seen whether he will be allowed to leave Italy in search of a new challenge ahead of next season.
It is believed that Sampdoria would be willing to accept a fee in the region of £34million, but will not be bullied into selling if their demands are not met.
Club president Massimo Ferrero recently underlined Damsgaard’s importance to the side, declaring that he is not available for transfer unless a move is in the best interests of the club.
“I expected him to be this good at the European Championship,” Ferrero told a press conference earlier this month.
“But he is not for sale. Either they bring something that makes [sporting director Carlo] Osti excited, or he won’t be sold.
“It’s no longer the same as before when one offer arrived, and we would sell the player. Now we want to make another stand.
“We want to keep the footballer, we want to enjoy him.”
Meanwhile, Gary Neville suggested after England’s win over Denmark that Jordan Pickford should have been able to save Damsgaard’s sensational free-kick.
When asked whether the Everton stopper could have done any better, the former Manchester United defender told ITV Sport: “Most definitely.
“I think we feared the worst when it was being lined up as Roy [Keane] said the goal was coming. Denmark were getting through us far too easily, our back four were getting pulled apart.
“It’s a long way out, and I think if the ball goes in the corner you’ve got no problem.”