An update has emerged on Sampdoria forward Mikkel Damsgaard, regarding Aston Villa’s potential bid for his services.
What’s the talk?
The report claims that the Villans are almost ready to submit their offer, which is believed to be around £30m (€35m). It remains to be seen, however, if this is enough to tempt the Serie A side into parting ways with the forward.
Would signing Damsgaard excite you?
Damsgaard is a player who would be able to bring excitement to Villa Park and get fans off their seats during games next season. He is a direct winger, capable of making things happen in the final third, which could be exactly what Dean Smith needs given recent speculation over their star player.
Jack Grealish is reportedly closing in on a £100m transfer to Manchester City and his departure would leave a gaping hole in the squad, which Damsgaard could help to fill.
Alongside the signings of Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey, the Denmark international could use his skills to partly replace the influence Grealish has on Villa’s team.
Earlier this year, Danish football expert Martin Mikkelsen lauded the attacker as “magical” and hailed the dynamism in his play.
He told TV2 Sport: “It’s the season’s assist. Isn’t that where we are? He’s magical – what a speed! It is fantastic improvisation, and he just finds Balde in the field, as they both know what is going to happen.
“It is a free space he has, as he is not so locked. He is dynamic and can go both ways. He is creative but also so mature in his decisions. Was it something we dreamed of? It’s awesome.”
He has been sensational for his country in 2021. In his last six appearances for Denmark, the 21-year-0ld has four goals and three assists – averaging a WhoScored rating of 7.28 in five games in the European Championships this summer.
The magician averaged 1.8 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.8 dribbles completed per game at the tournament. This shows that he is active at the top end of the pitch and able to make things happen, whether that be by creating chances for himself or for others.
This means that he will be able to excite fans with his attacking genius if he arrives at Villa Park this summer for £30m. The supporters would enjoy watching him make things happen from out wide or through the middle, even if the loss of Grealish is a bitter pill to swallow.