Aston Villa are now eyeing a late transfer swoop for Sampdoria attacker Mikkel Damsgaard this summer.
Despite already bringing in the likes of Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey to reinforce the wide areas, it appears Dean Smith isn’t done revamping his options in that area.
According to Italian publication Calciomercato, Villa are now interested in Denmark international Damsgaard, and that they, along with the likes of Spurs, Milan and Juventus, among others, are keen on luring him away from Sampdoria this summer.
The report added: “So in these last fiery days on the market, the fate of this Danish talent will be decided, of which the new Sampdoria coach Roberto D’aversa has already spoken saying that he hopes to have him at his disposal even if he knows he could lose him, so we are all curious to know whether this Danish talent will continue to amaze in Italy or migrate to other foreign leagues.”
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.
Crucially however, Damsgaard’s arrival would surely spell the end of the line for Anwar El Ghazi at Villa Park.
Reports in recent days and weeks have suggested that Smith is open to letting the Dutchman leave this summer for an acceptable fee, with Serie A giants AS Roma being mooted as a potential destination.
Were Damsgaard to arrive – someone who predominantly plays on the left-hand side like El Ghazi – then that would surely be the final nail in the coffin for El Ghazi’s time at the club.
It would push him further down the pecking order in terms of wide options Smith has available to him to choose from, and may be the message that he needs to realise his future is better served elsewhere.