Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer business appears to be far from over…
The North London outfit have already completed moves for Pierluigi Gollini and Bryan Gil, and are on the verge of sealing Cristian Romero from Atalanta in a £47m deal.
And now their attentions could turn to the creative department, with Sampdoria gem Mikkel Damsgaard atop sporting director Fabio Paratici’s shortlist.
According to the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, Spurs are eyeing a swoop for the 20-year-old Dane after he excelled at Euro 2020, though they are likely to face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Aston Villa and Liverpool.
He has been valued up to €50m (£42.5m), which could force the Lilywhites into offloading a number of unwanted players before they can afford to buy him.
The desire to bolster Nuno Santo’s squad with a playmaker should come as little surprise as the North Londoners have lacked a player in the role since the departure of Christian Eriksen.
Neither Tanguy Ndombele (16 goal contributions) or Giovani Lo Celso (11 goal contributions) have stepped up to fill the void left behind by the Inter Milan star, who is not only a massive fan of Damsgaard but has played alongside him on the international stage.
Indeed, it was the Sampdoria maestro that stepped up to fill Eriksen’s absence at Euro 2020 and he took it in his stride by scoring two scorching goals – one a long-range curler against Russia and the other, a free-kick that very nearly dented the hope and dreams of England.
Damsgaard’s breakthrough this summer was merely one’s just desserts for his fine domestic form, which earned him a glowing endorsement from Leicester City’s former title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri, who dubbed him a “child prodigy.”
The young and versatile midfielder delivered two goals and four assists from only 18 starts, via WhoScored, whilst averaging 1.3 key passes and 4.3 dribbles per 90 minutes, which is much more indicative of his true ability.
Furthermore, there are plenty of similarities between the emerging talent and the former Spurs star.
“I suppose it’s quite an obvious link to make but he is in the mould of Christian Eriksen in terms of what he has technically,” claimed Italian expert Conor Clancy to This is Futbol.
“I think Damsgaard is probably a little bit more mobile than Eriksen and he gets about a little bit more. He isn’t as static as a playmaker because he drifts, wanders out into the wide positions and is quick. He’s a very exciting player.”
TV2’s pundit Martin Mikkelsen has even described the 20-year-old sensation as “magical,” also adding: “He is dynamic and can go both ways. He is creative but also so mature in his decisions,” and that bolsters his claims of being a viable creative option for Nuno, should he be signed.
On the above evidence, Paratici could well seal Spurs their next Erisken by securing the £18m-rated starlet.