Leeds United are closing in on their Premier League survival, and that has already started the regular flow of transfer links to Elland Road.
The Whites were strongly linked with a move for Sampdoria talent Mikkel Damsgaard in February, with the Danish winger capable of playing in midfield and up-front if needed.
It was reported that the international was worth up to £15million by the Italians, who had also attracted interest from a host of other Premier League clubs.
Fast forward one month, and it appears as though Leeds’ hopes have already been dashed.
Italian outlet Club Doria have reported that Sampdoria aren’t interested in selling Damsgaard, and would like to keep him until 2022 at the earliest.
Having only moved to the Serie A last year, it appears as though the 20-year-old would like to stick around for longer than just the one campaign.
The report does suggest that Damsgaard likes the idea of playing in the Premier League, so another successful year for the Whites next season could put them ahead of the competition.
Marcelo Bielsa sticking around for another year and continuing this charge towards the ultimate goal of European football could be key to this move.
Damsgaard can play in midfield, up top and as a winger; and that is something that will only excite Bielsa, who loves his players to be versatile in every sense of the word.
The 20-year-old still needs to prove himself more though, and another year at Sampdoria could be perfect for him to do just that.
The winger has struggled to cement his spot in the side this season and has only completed six 90 minutes during the entire campaign. Despite that, he has still managed three goals and five assists.
Bielsa will want his goal involvements comfortably into the double figures before any potential Elland Road switch, but as for now, those hopes have been dashed.
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