Sampdoria name price for Denmark hero Damsgaard

Martin Macdonald
Mikel Damsgaard scores against Russia for Denmark, Euro 2020

Mikel Damsgaard scores against Russia for Denmark, Euro 2020

Mikkel Damsgaard will cost any suitors upwards of €30 million, according to Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero.

The 20-year-old has been one of the breakout players of Euro 2020 and scored a spectacular goal versus Russia which helped to send Denmark through to the next stage of the competition.

Damsgaard received the ball to the edge of the box and beautifully curled an effort into the top right corner with very little backlift.

After being left out of the opening match against Finland, he would be called in, in almost impossible circumstances, to replace Christian Eriksen in the starting XI for the next match against Belgium.

In that fixture, he very nearly opened the scoring, showing lightning quick feet inside the box before sending an unlucky strike wide.

Ferrero has joked that the goal against Russia means that Damsgaard is now worth €30m, and if he scores another, it will go up to €40m!

"Did you see that Damsgaard goal? I'll tell you its fair price, today at least 30 million. But if he scores again he will reach 40!" he said, as quoted by Gazzetta Sampdoriana.

Who wants to sign Damsgaard?

Before the European Championship the two clubs most notably interested in the young Dane were Tottenham and West Ham.

However, he will have very recently gained himself plenty more admirers due to his performances with Denmark.

Damsgaard only joined Sampdoria last summer from Superligaen side FC Nordsjaelland for a fee in the region of  £5.8 million (€6.7m), but now his market value has trebled to around £17.5m (€20m), even if Ferrero wants thirty million.

He helped Claudio Ranieri’s men to mid-table in the Italian top flight in 2020/21, with his two goals and four assists coming in 18 starts this past campaign. But it’s his overall displays that have really caught the eye of the continent’s elite clubs.

The winger ranks highly when compared to other players in his position for pressures, tackles, interceptions, blocks and clearances, alongside aerial duals, largely thanks to his 5’10 frame.

Though his goal contributions are not eyewatering, he is still learning his trade at just 20-years-old and is part of a Sampdoria side who can run hot or cold.

In terms of his creativity, he averaged 2.3 completed dribbles and 3.2 completed crosses per match in Serie A.