Tottenham are making moves in the transfer market as they attempt to strengthen their midfield ahead of the new season.
Tottenham will be aware that clubs across Europe are struggling financially and so will hope that a reduced bid of £17million will be accepted. Ultimately though, it is unlikely to be enough. In the same report it is suggested that Sampdoria are hoping to sell the play for double that amount, 40million euros – though they say this is unlikely.
21-year-old Damsgaard was a bit of an unknown ahead of Euro 2020. Due to the horrific circumstances that saw Cristian Eriksen’s tournament end, Damsgaard was given the opportunity to take control of the Denmark midfield and despite a lack of experience, he shone.
But Spurs should not let those encouraging performances at Euro 2020 raise the price tag to unreasonable heights.
The reality is that Damsgaard was not even a regular starter for Sampdoria last season, starting 18 games in the league and coming off the bench for 17 more. He notched up a modest 2 goals and 4 assists in those appearances.
For Denmark though he was on a different level – scoring 2 goals and assisting 1 more in just 331 minutes at Euro 2020 – highlighting his potential.
Following the sale of Jack Grealish to Manchester City, Tottenham will have to be wary of Aston Villa who are also reportedly interested in Damsgaard.
Despite this I think Tottenham need to aim higher, especially if they are to lose Harry Kane. Top level talent needs to be acquired to enable the team to keep pace with the high spending clubs at the top of the league.
The likes of James Maddison appear to be available for transfer this summer, and whilst the asking price is north of £50million, this is the level of ambition Daniel Levy needs to show.