By Nick Ware

4th Jul, 2021 | 11:40am

Leeds United eyeing move for Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard

Leeds United are among a host of clubs who want to sign Danish winger Mikkel Damsgaard, according to Turkish news outlet Sabah.

The Whites were linked with the 21-year-old back in February [Daily Star], but new interest from their behalf has emerged on Sabah’s verified Twitter account.

They wrote: “Mikkel Damsgaard, one of the young stars of Denmark, who created wonders in EURO 2020, is being followed by giants. Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Leeds United, AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, West Ham and Crystal Palace are interested in the Sampdoria player.”

Making waves

It was a decent introduction to life in one of the top five European leagues for Sampdoria last season that caused a number of sides to sit up and take interest in Damsgaard, but his performances at Euro 2020 are likely to have accelerated potential moves for his services this summer.

The Sampdoria star was on the bench for their first group game against Finland as his side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat, but he has started the subsequent four games to help inspire his nation into the semi-finals, where they will meet England on Wednesday night at Wembley.

Damsgaard scored against Russia in their crucial third group game on June 21, a goal former England international Micah Richards called “outstanding” [BBC Two, 20:56, 21/06/21], while he registered an assist for Kasper Dolberg’s opener in their round of 16 fixture versus Wales five days later.

His direct running ability and silky skills have tormented opposition defences over the past few weeks, and he has helped to turn a normally functional Denmark team into one of the most exciting sides in the competition, with 10 goals in their last three games.

Leeds signed Jack Harrison on a permanent deal earlier this week, while Raphinha will surely be one of the first names on the team sheet going into the upcoming Premier League season.

However, quality options to challenge the pair of them are scarce.

Helder Costa underwhelmed last season while Ian Poveda might need a loan to get him going in senior football, so a winger is surely on the agenda this summer.

On the evidence of the past few weeks, a move for Damsgaard would appear to be a wise one given his abilities and age.

However, given the wealth and size of the other interested parties, it could prove to be a difficult one to pull off.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are on the verge of signing this English midfielder after negotiations over a fee.