Liverpool and Everton are allegedly interested in Mikkel Damsgaard, despite Sampdoria’s insistence on keeping him for another year.
Damsgaard, one of Serie A’s most exciting prospects, completed a great season by playing for Denmark at Euro 2020. He was a key member of the team that reached the semi-finals, scoring the lone goal in that round. If people outside of Italy and Denmark were unaware of his abilities before, they now are.
As a result, his future at the club level is becoming clearer. Prior to the Euros, he had been linked with a transfer to the Premier League, with Tottenham reportedly interested. Leeds has also shown interest throughout the tournament.
However, another Serie A team made the first offer for Damsgaard. Sampdoria rejected an offer from AC Milan for €20 million plus Andrea Conti. Throughout the process, their sports director argued that it would be in the winger’s best interest to remain with them for another year.
However, rather than repelling teams, Sampdoria seems to be drawing more bidders. Indeed, two other Premier League teams have entered the race to recruit him.
According to Calciomercato, Liverpool and Everton have both shown interest in Damsgaard, which may spark a Merseyside rivalry in the summer market.
Liverpool are looking to add depth to their attack after a decline in production from their front three previous season. Mohamed Salah maintained his normal level of performance, while both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane saw their quality deteriorate.
Diogo Jota placed pressure on them after his move from Wolves, demonstrating the significance of entering the transfer market to provide competition.
Damsgaard could be an intriguing candidate for them to pursue, since he would be a long-term project. Salah, Firmino, and Mane will all turn 30 within the next year; a promising 21-year-old would keep them on their toes without putting them under undue strain.
Benitez to go up against Damsgaard?
Everton’s new manager Rafael Benitez is on the lookout for reinforcements for the team he inherited. Some worry that James Rodriguez may quit the club after only one year, forcing them to locate a successor in offensive midfield.
Damsgaard scored twice and assisted on four occasions in Serie A last season. That production is expected to rise as he matures. As a result, he might be a smart long-term investment for Everton.
It would be an interesting transfer fight, given the storyline with Benitez bridging the Merseyside barrier. The former Liverpool manager’s transfer to Everton has not met with universal approval. As a result, the prospect of him battling his old employers during the transfer window would add to the intrigue.
However, both teams will face significant resistance from Sampdoria, who have Damsgaard under contract until 2024.