One name that is being thrown around at the moment is Mikkel Damsgaard. The 21-year-old midfielder currently plays for Sampdoria, and has been a key asset for the club since arriving. However, despite enjoying a slow-ish season in Italian football, a breakout campaign at UEFA Euro 2020 has alerted teams to Damsgaard’s hugely impressive talents. This has led to numerous clubs asking about his signature, though reports in Italy suggest that, presently, Leeds have a clear shot at landing the Dane.
Why? Because various other major suitors such as FC Barcelona lack the funds. Having not committed to any groundbreaking deals this summer, it is believed that Victor Orta and co. have some major funds left to play with this summer. The arrival of a highly exciting midfield dynamo with goals to his game should be something that any Leeds fan can get excited about.
The wide man has played centrally for his country as well as in the wide areas, so he offers Leeds another versatile option to explore. He scored an impressive free-kick in the summer, putting the Danes briefly ahead against England in the UEFA Euros last four.
Who are the other competitors?
Aston Villa have been briefly linked, especially with the likely exit of Jack Grealish. However, other major European names such as AS Roma and Barcelona have yet to arrive, or have, the funds to make the deal happen. The player is expected to cost in excess of €30m, so this means that there will be some intrigue as to how Leeds can make that deal stick.
With a fantastic summer campaign behind him, Damsgaard can now focus on making the next career move. With a natural energy and an inclination to go forward, the Dane is expected to be a crucial part of the first-team picture at whoever he signs with for some time to come. However, reports in Leeds suggest the club are increasingly confident of landing a deal for a player who was seen as unattainable for all but the biggest clubs in the continent.
After having waited so long to arrive back in the top-flight, it appears that Leeds will get the chance they crave to see major signings at Elland Road. The only difference? This time around, they feel increasingly well thought-out and planned for in advance.