If England fans didn’t know who Mikkel Damsgaard was before the Three Lions’ epic Euro 2020 semifinal victory over his Denmark, they certainly did after the young Dane put in a starring performance. The baby-faced attacker has made name himself this summer after stepping into the starting lineup following the withdrawal of talisman Christian Eriksen due to a shocking cardiac arrest.
Currently plying his trade in Serie A for Sampdoria, Damsgaard’s exploits have earned him admirers at some of Europe’s largest clubs, including, if rumors are to be believed, Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool. Spurs are said to also be in the frame as they seek to inject some star power into a squad that missed out on Champions League football following a poor 2020-21 season.
The 21-year-old’s current employers are not looking to be rid of their budding star just yet however, with Sampdoria Sporting Director, Carlo Osti coming out against reports linking the youngster with a move away:
“I think he could grow even more by staying at Sampdoria for a year longer and it is evident that this is what we would like to do,“ Osti told Italian broadcaster Rai Sport.
“The market then fixes the price on its own without needing to say it, but it is clear that we are talking about a player of absolute value.”
Damsgaard wasn’t on the radar of most big clubs prior to his two-goal showing this summer, the first against Russia in the group stages made him Denmark’s youngest ever international scorer, while the second was a stunning free kick to become the first player to beat Jordan Pickford all tournament.
While there is always the possibility of the youngster simply flattering to deceive on the bright lights of the international stage, his youth and the fact that he’s only spent solitary year in one of Europe’s top leagues suggests that there might be more to come from the Dane.
“It must be said that Sampdoria made an important investment in the boy, who had only played a few games in the Danish league,” Osti continued.
“We bought him for €8m at a time when he had played little.“
Whether Liverpool are in for Damsgaard remains to be seen. However it wouldn’t be unlike Michael Edward to snap up a young talent on the cheap only for him to become a star at Anfield.