Tottenham Hotspur appear to be concrete suitors for Danish star Mikkel Damsgaard, but will have to beat three Italian clubs to his signature.
Damsgaard enjoyed a productive debut season in Serie A after joining Sampdoria from Nordsjaelland last summer. After making 37 appearances in all competitions, he earned a place in Denmark’s squad for Euro 2020. He impressed on that stage, scoring twice as they reached the semi-finals.
Now, the focus is back on his club duties. The attacking midfielder started Sampdoria’s first five Serie A games before being benched for their clash with Juventus on Sunday, coming on in the second half.
Coincidentally, the side from Turin are one of his main suitors. Also competing for his signature are Inter and AC Milan. That’s according to Tuttosport, who also put Tottenham in the frame still.
Spurs were keeping an eye on Damsgaard over the summer. Managing director Fabio Paratici is well aware of his ability and potential from his time in Italy.
Ultimately, no club was able to meet the €30m asking price Sampdoria placed upon Damsgaard. But if he continues to progress, they may decide he is worth it.
The 21-year-old is under contract at the Marassi until 2024. But Samp face a battle to keep him until then given the rising interest in his services.
Tottenham could benefit by adding him to their attack. Although he is more of a winger, when they could do with a backup centre-forward more, he would provide excitement in their frontline.
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It does seem Spurs want to sign another winger, with earlier reports suggesting interest in current Juventus star Dejan Kulusevski as well.
The Sweden international is currently struggling to earn a regular starting spot at Juve this term but Paratici knows him well, having signed the player for Juve during his time in a similar role in Turin.
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The report adds that Tottenham scouts have been over to Italy to watch the player in action this season.
Despite his young age, Kulusevski has already won 16 Sweden caps. He was also labelled ‘excellent’ by former Juve star Cristiano Ronaldo only a year ago.
Spurs have been struggling for goals so far under Nuno Espirito Santo, who is yet to oversee a Premier League game in which they have scored more than once. Finding an extra source of creativity could help their talented attack click to get the desired results.