Liverpool are on the verge of signing a contract with Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsay, giving the Scottish Premiership a club record.
The 18-year-old has been identified at Anfield as a longtime right-back of English star Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool are approaching the signing of Ramsay in a contract that will break the 6 million barrier with additions, becoming a club record fee for the Scottish Premiership Aberdeen.
Sky Sports News revealed in January that the Dons had turned down Bologna’s offer for the player.
The Serie A club have made an initial loan offer of £ 830,000, with a buyout commitment of £ 3.3 million at the end of the season.
Aberdeen would only consider selling players for well above their record fee, which currently stands at £ 3 million.
Ramsay considers Alexander-Arnold to be one of his greatest influences.
He said about winning this year’s SFWA Young Player of the Year award:
Ramsay said: “There are some great players who have won an award and it’s a huge achievement for me. As a quarterback, I watch Trent and his interceptions and his technical skills – if I can get to that level, then it would be a bonus.”
“Andy Robertson at Liverpool and Tierney at Arsenal have been brilliant and they are players I look up to, especially since they are defenders like me. I feel I could do that too.”
Dons manager Jim Goodwin is not surprised by the growing interest in the teenager.
He said: “Before January, Calvin was probably one of the best young defenders in the world, to be perfectly honest. That’s not an exaggeration.
“His statistics, his data in terms of his attacking numbers, throwing crosses into the box were amazing.
“He is a little out of shape.
“It was because in January his head was turned on whether to move or not.”
Who is Calvin Ramsay?
The youngster has been one of the great lights for Aberdeen as they have endured a tough season in the Scottish Premiership where they currently sit in 10th place in the table.
The 18-year-old has produced some inspiring performances that have demonstrated his natural talent by attracting the interest of top clubs in England and Europe.
But it seems that Liverpool is winning the race for a young player who is considered by many to be one of the most talented teenagers in European football.
He broke into the team last season and made a total of 39 appearances for the Donses and made his European debut in a 5-1 victory over Swedish BK Hacken back in July in a UEFA Europa League qualifier, starting with right-back and setting the first goal.
This season he has one goal and nine assists in all competitions.