Liverpool have agreed a £6.5m deal to sign Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay, with the Reds paying £4m upfront and an additional £2.5m.
The 18-year-old is now due to travel to Liverpool to finalize his personal terms and undergo a medical.
Liverpool had been locked in talks with the Dons over the defender after Jurgen Klopp’s side made an initial offer of £4m, with a further £2m.
However, it is understood that Aberdeen were holding their own and wanted at least £5m up front, with £5m in add-ons.
But the agreed £6.5million fee ensures Ramsay will become Aberdeen’s record sale, surpassing their current record of £3million from Nottingham Forest for Scott McKenna. The Dons also received an extra £1million for the centre-back in the summer following Forest’s promotion to the Premier League.
Ramsay is set to become Liverpool’s third signing this summer following the arrival of Darwin Nunez in a record £85million deal from Benfica and Fabio Carvalho, who signed from Fulham.
Sky Sports News revealed last week that Ramsay’s preferred choice was to join Liverpool, out of a number of interested clubs in England, Germany and Italy.
In January, Aberdeen rejected an offer for the Bologna player – understood to be an £830,000 loan offer, with an obligation to buy for £3.3m.
‘One of the best young full-backs in the world’
Liverpool have identified Ramsay as a longtime rival right-back for England star Trent Alexander-Arnold – a player Ramsay has highlighted as one of his biggest influences.
“As a full-back, watching Trent and his crosses and his technical ability – if I can get to that level, that would be a bonus,” he said.
“Andy Robertson at Liverpool and (Kieran) Tierney at Arsenal have been brilliant and they’re players I look up to, especially since they’re full-backs like me. I think I could continue to do that too. “
Speaking over the season, Dons manager Jim Goodwin was unsurprised by the growing interest in the teenager.
He said: “Before January, Calvin was probably one of the best young full-backs in the world to be perfectly honest. It’s no exaggeration.
“His stats, his data in terms of number of attackers, crosses in the box was incredible.
“He had a little dip in form. Whether it was because his head was turned in January with whether he was moving or not moving.”
Who is Calvin Ramsay?
The youngster was one of Aberdeen’s shining lights as they endured a difficult season in the Scottish Premiership, eventually finishing 10th in the table.
The 18-year-old produced inspiring performances that showcased his natural talent, attracting interest from top clubs in England and Europe.
But it appears to be Liverpool winning the race for the youngster considered by many to be one of the most talented teenagers in European football.
He broke into the squad in the 2020/21 season and made 33 appearances for the Dons in the just-ended campaign, scoring one goal.
Ramsay made his European debut in a 5-1 win over Swedish side BK Hacken last July in a UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier, starting at right-back and netting first aim.
Liverpool fixtures: Reds start at Fulham
Liverpool begin the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a lunchtime trip to newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday August 6.
This will be the fourth season in a row that Liverpool have started a new campaign against a Premier League newcomer.
But having next faced Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Man Utd at Old Trafford on August 20.
September will include away trips to Everton and Chelsea in September and Liverpool will also face back-to-back clashes against Arsenal and champions Man City on October 8 and 15 respectively.
Liverpool’s last game before the season’s temporary halt for the Winter World Cup will be against Southampton at Anfield on November 12 before returning to action at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
The Reds then host rivals United on March 4, before awkward clashes on back-to-back weekends at City (April 1) and against Arsenal at Anfield (April 8), before ending the season at Southampton.