Leeds United plot record-breaking deal for Sampdoria’s Mikkel Damsgaard

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Leeds United are plotting a record-breaking transfer move for Sampdoria star Mikkel Damsgaard.

What’s the story?

Reports in recent weeks have suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s team are one of the sides interested in signing the Denmark attacker, with Turkish publication Sabah claiming that the Yorkshire club, along with the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool, among others, are all interested in landing him too.

And now, according to Il Bianconero (via Sport Witness), Leeds are pushing hard to get him to England this summer, although it will not come cheap.

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The report claims that Sampdoria president, Massimo Ferrero, will not sell him unless he gets a good offer, and that’s said to be more than €30m (£26m).

Bielsa will be buzzing

Having splashed out a club-record fee of £26m to land Rodrigo from Valencia last summer, a move for Damsgaard would have to end up being a record-breaking one for Leeds, given Ferrero’s reported stance on the matter.

But, given his performances for both club and country, it would be money well spent.

Dubbed as “magical” by Norwegian football expert Martin Mikkelsen, he also added that the 21-year-old is “dynamic and can go both ways. He is creative but also so mature in his decisions.”

The £26m-rated star has also been hailed as being “phenomenal” by Denmark teammate, Kasper Schmeichel, for his performances at EURO 2020 over the summer – Damsgaard of course struck that superb free-kick in the semi-finals against England.

After hearing about the links to the Dane, former Leeds man Noel Whelan raved about the prospect of him arriving at Elland Road.

He said: “Wow, now he would be a signing. From what I have seen, he is the next big thing coming out of Denmark. Again, we are looking at players who are the right age and of the right profile. Somebody who would compliment what Marcelo Bielsa already has.

“Leeds nowadays are very intense and aggressive in their style of play and fitness plays a huge part. He looks to me as if he could do that as well, which is important because it’s not just about the little flicks. Damsgaard is a very exciting prospect. If we could get that deal over the line it would show just how far we’ve come in the last couple of years.”

With his ability to play all across the front positions, and the fact he’s only 21, Damsgaard appears to be the kind of perfect, versatile signing that Bielsa will love at Elland Road.

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