Serie A boss admits he ‘could lose’ player reportedly wanted by Spurs 

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Sampdoria boss Roberto D’Aversa has admitted that rumoured Tottenham target Mikkel Damsgaard could leave the club before the transfer window shuts.

Damsgaard has caught the eye since arriving at the Serie A club in January of last year but it was the 21-year-old’s impressive performances at the European Championships for Denmark that shot him into the limelight.

The winger was first linked with a move to Spurs back in February but the speculation subsequently cooled, with some sources from Italy suggesting the Denmark international’s valuation had gone up considerably after his showing at the Euros.

However, the rumours linking Tottenham with a move for the winger emerged again last week, with The Evening Standard revealing the Sampdoria man and former Spurs winger Noni Madueke were both on the Lilywhites’ radar.

D’Aversa, who replaced Claudio Ranieri in the Sampdoria hot seat recently, has now admitted that, while he would like to work with Damsgaard, an exit is on the cards for the winger.

The former Parma boss, however, insisted the Dane’s value will go up if the Serie A club held on to him for another 12 months.

When asked about Damsgaard’s future, D’Aversa told SosFanta: “I’d like to work with him, but I know I could lose him. 

“In the first meetings with the president, when the European Championship had yet to start, I told him that we could hardly have kept Damsgaard but at the same time that Mikkel would do well to do another year in Italy.

“The most striking example is Kulusevski. Two years ago he played three games in Atalanta, then a season with continuity (in Parma). Sold for €44m. 

“If he could stay, I am convinced that Damsgaard’s value would eventually increase “. 

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It seems evident from D’Aversa’s statement that Sampdoria will sell the winger this summer if their valuation is met. Whether Tottenham are prepared to meet the Serie A club’s asking price depends on how keen Partici is to snap up the Dane. 

We have seen already that the Italian likes to negotiate for several players for one position but at the same time, he is also prepared to push the boat out if he really values a player highly (as we saw with Cristian Romero).

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