Reports in the Italian media claim Sampdoria are expecting an imminent offer from Aston Villa for exciting winger Mikkel Damsgaard.
The Villans look set to lose talisman Jack Grealish to Manchester City. It is thought the Premier League champions will pay in the region of £100m for the England ace. And Dean Smith is already looking beyond the Grealish era with a capture of his own.
Damsgaard, 21, joined Sampdoria from Danish club Nordsjaelland last summer. He enjoyed a solid campaign, with 18 starts among 35 Serie A outings as I Blucerchiati finished ninth.
But it was at this summer’s European Championship that he really jumped to the attention. The talented wide man scored in Denmark’s 4-1 group victory over Russia.
And he bagged the opener with a stunning free-kick as the Danes lost out 2-1 to England in the semi-finals. Unsurprisingly, a few clubs have already made enquiries, with Leeds United and Tottenham mentioned in connection with the player.
It was initially reported that the Scandinavian would cost €25m. That then increased to €30m and now it seems any suitor will need to part with €35m. And it appears Villa are prepared to do that.
ClubDoria46 (via Sport Witness) are reporting that Sampdoria are expecting a ‘maxi offer’ from the West Midlanders. The report adds that the offer has been written down and they have ‘sealed the envelope’.
All that remains is for club officials to deliver it to the Genoa-based outfit. They say the Italians see Damsgaard’s exit as a ‘necessary sacrifice’, with money tight at the club.
Damsgaard an exciting Grealish replacement
While there has been no confirmation that Grealish is moving to the Etihad Stadium, there is no smoke without fire. Despite his obvious love for Villa, the chance to play European football and challenge for titles is a strong draw.
Pep Guardiola appears eager to get his man and things should happen sooner rather than later. Emiliano Buendia has already arrived at Villa Park from Norwich City and Damsgaard would be another excellent addition.
The youngster is just beginning his footballing journey and is clearly hungry to succeed. He is a player who can get fans out of their seats with his pace and skill.
He scored just two league goals for Sampdoria last term but chipped in with four assists. Smith is looking for quality in his ranks to push on from last season’s 11th-placed finish.
Damsgaard would certainly provide that.