Who is Mikkel Damsgaard? The Denmark hero linked with Real Madrid
Euro 2020 may have drawn to a close to the chorus of Italian celebrations, but one of the players that undoubtedly enjoyed it the most was Mikkel Damsgaard.
The Sampdoria midfielder proved to be one of the break-out stars of the competition, when he was drafted into Denmark’s team to replace Christian Eriksen and truly thrived under the pressure of an entire nation.
Not only did Damsgaard bag a tremendous goal against Russia, but he also provided an assist in the Last 16 win over Wales. However, most fans across Europe will probably remember him most for his remarkable free-kick goal against England in the semi-finals.
At the moment Damsgaard is at Sampdoria, and the Italian outfit are bracing themselves for a flurry of transfer offers.
What position does Mikkel Damsgaard play in?
Damsgaard can play in central midfield or behind the striker through the middle, or as a winger or a left forward.
How good is Mikkel Damsgaard?
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).
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.
However, it is his performances for Denmark which have enhanced his reputation even more after thriving in some of the biggest games of the tournament and against oustanding opponents, like Russia, Belgium and England.
What clubs are interested in Mikkel Damsgaard?
Before the European Championship the two clubs most notably interested in the young Dane were Tottenham and West Ham.
Now that he has proved his quality on a bigger stage, though, some of the elite sides around Europe have started to take notice.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona are now interested in a potential summer transfer, though any deal will prove to be difficult due to their current financial situation.
Football Italia, meanwhile, claims that Milan are interested in signing him from Sampdoria.
The most recent tales from the rumour mill suggest that Damsgaard could be the main summer transfer target for none other than Real Madrid.
However, it remains to be seen whether any of these clubs will be able to match the value the young player's current club have already placed on him.
When asked about Damsgaard leaving, Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero jokingly said the goal against Russia had added €10m onto the club's asking price.
"Did you see that Damsgaard goal? I'll tell you it's fair price, today at least 30 million. But if he scores again he will reach 40!" he said, as quoted by Gazzetta Sampdoriana.
When does Mikkel Damsgaard’s contract expire?
Damsgaard has a contract with Sampdoria until 2024.
What is Mikkel Damsgaard’s Instagram?
Damsgaard's Instagram account has 35k followers as of June 2021.
Who is Mikkel Damsgaard’s girlfriend?
Damsgaard is not currently dating anyone publicly.