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Brentford’s move for Mikkel Damsgaard stalls after they fail to agree a relegation clause

Brentford’s £16million move for Sampdoria star Mikkel Damsgaard stalls after the two clubs can’t agree on a relegation clause… with boss Thomas Frank revealing his side is ‘still in the market’ for a ‘key player’

  • Sampdoria had accepted a £16m offer from Brentford or Mikkel Damsgaard
  • The move has now been postponed after disagreements over a relegation clause
  • The 22-year-old midfielder could be a good replacement for Christian Eriksen

Brentford’s move to Sampdoria midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard has been held up amid talks over a clause to cut his salary if the club is relegated.

The Bees finished 13th in the Premier League last season after recovering from a shaky mid-season.

Sampdoria had previously accepted a £16million offer for the 22-year-old, but the deal now appears to have stalled.

Sampdoria had accepted a £16m offer from Brentford or Mikkel Damsgaard

Sampdoria had accepted a £16m offer from Brentford or Mikkel Damsgaard

The move has now been postponed after disagreements over a relegation clause

The move has now been postponed after disagreements over a relegation clause

If the move can be revived, Damsgaard could be a workable replacement for Christian Eriksen.

At a press conference earlier this week, Brentford boss Thomas Frank said: “We are definitely still in the market. We’re still looking and looking for anyone.

“Overall I am happy with the team. I think we have the number of players we need for every position in defence, midfield and attack.

‘Can we get that key player for the right price with the right capabilities? We are certainly open to it. But it’s not that we need a player.

If he signs, the 22-year-old midfielder could be a good replacement for Christian Eriksen

If he signs, the 22-year-old midfielder could be a good replacement for Christian Eriksen

“Maybe one or two more can leave. But again, that depends on whether more comes in or not, or how the squad develops and injuries and so on. More will be discussed in the coming weeks.’

He continued: ‘We are well aware that we are a small club, probably still in the bottom two budgets. We have a good team, a good squad and a good culture.

“I know there is a risk of relegation, but I am a positive man and always look up. I am convinced that we can do better than last year.

“This is the Premier League and the margins are so small, but we will do our very best to attack.”

Brentford will start their Premier League campaign at Leicester on Sunday.

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