Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay has joined Liverpool for £6.5 million.
Liverpool is paying £4m up front, and an additional £2.5m will come from add-ons.
The 18-year-old went to Liverpool recently to finish up personal details and get a medical. The defender has agreed to stay at Anfield for five years and will join Jurgen Klopp’s team for preseason. Liverpool doesn’t plan to lend Ramsay to anyone else.
“Playing for Aberdeen was a dream come true, and now I’m at one of the biggest, if not the biggest club in the world. It’s a huge accomplishment, and I’m excited to show the fans what I can do.
“I hope I can show everyone at the club, including the staff and players, what I can do during the preseason, and then we’ll see what happens after that.”
Ramsay played for Aberdeen’s first team for the first time in 2020/21. He made 33 appearances and scored one goal and had nine assists in all competitions.
He did well enough to win the SFWA Young Player of the Year Award, and he has also played in the Europa Conference League and for the U21 national team.
Liverpool and the Dons were talking about the defender after Liverpool made an initial offer of £4m plus £2m in add-ons.
But it is thought that Aberdeen wanted at least £5m up front and a further £5m in extras.
But the agreed-upon fee of £6.5m means that Ramsay will become Aberdeen’s record sale, beating the $3m they got for Scott McKenna from Nottingham Forest. This summer, when Forest moved up to the Premier League, the Dons got an extra £1 million for the center-back.
Ramsay is the third player Liverpool has brought in this summer. Darwin Nunez came from Benfica in a club-record £85 million deal, and Fabio Carvalho came from Fulham.
Sky Sports News said last week that Ramsay’s top choice among the clubs in England, Germany, and Italy that were interested was to join Liverpool.
In January, Bologna made an offer for the player that Aberdeen turned down. It was a loan offer for £830,000 with an option to buy for £3.3m.
“One of the world’s best young fullbacks.”
Liverpool see Ramsay as a long-term right-back rival for England star Trent Alexander-Arnold. Alexander-Arnold is one of Ramsay’s biggest influences, and Liverpool see Ramsay as a long-term right-back rival for him.
“As a fullback, I’ve been watching Trent’s crosses and technical skills, and if I could get to that level, that would be a plus,” he said.
“Both Andy Robertson at Liverpool and Kieran Tierney at Arsenal have been great, and I look up to them because we are both full-backs. I think I could keep doing that too.”
During the season, Dons manager Jim Goodwin said that the growing interest in the teenager didn’t surprise him.
He said, “Before January, Calvin was, to be honest, probably one of the best young fullbacks in the world.” It’s not too much to say that.
“His attacking numbers and the number of times he put crosses in the box were off the charts.
“His performance dropped a bit. Whether that was because his head was turned in January about whether or not he was moving.”