Leeds United must land Denmark’s EURO 2020 sensation Mikkel Damsgaard this summer amid reports linking him with a move.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Marcelo Bielsa’s team are one of the sides interested in signing the Sampdoria star, with Turkish publication Sabah claiming that the Yorkshire club, along with the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool, among others, are all interested in signing him too.
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 in the competition this summer, and of course struck that superb free-kick in the semi-finals against England this past week.
Amid links to the winger, former Leeds man Noel Whelan waxed lyrical about the potential of Damsgaard signing at Leeds.
He said: “Wow, now he would be a signing. From what I have seen, he is the next big thing coming out of Denmark. Again, we are looking at players who are the right age and of the right profile. Somebody who would compliment what Marcelo Bielsa already has.
“Leeds nowadays are very intense and aggressive in their style of play and fitness plays a huge part. He looks to me as if he could do that as well, which is important because it’s not just about the little flicks. Damsgaard is a very exciting prospect. If we could get that deal over the line it would show just how far we’ve come in the last couple of years.”
Kevin Campbell added to the list of people who have backed the great Dane to be a success at Elland Road, saying: “He really looks the part. I was very interested to see how he did in the semi-final and let’s be straight, he did not disappoint.
“He looks very sharp on the ball and has an eye for goal too. I could see him at Leeds on the left-hand side, I really could. He would make a real difference to that squad next season.”
With Raphinha on one flank, and Damsgaard on the other, Bielsa could form a dream duo at Elland Road – a pair who are quick, direct and have both got an “eye for goal” as Campbell says.
Teams wouldn’t be able to double up on Raphinha to try and limit his influence on games, especially with Damsgaard equally capable of doing damage and causing chaos on the other side.
It would give Bielsa another weapon to his arsenal, and given his free-kick credentials as England saw, a different dimension as well.