Liverpool agreed a £6.5m deal to sign Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay, with the Reds paying an initial £4m up front and an additional £2.5m.
The 18-year-old is now due to travel to Liverpool to finalize personal terms and undergo a medical.
Liverpool had been in talks with the Dons over the defender after Jurgen Klopp’s side made an opening bid of £4m, with £2m in add-ons.
However, it is understood that Aberdeen stood their ground and wanted at least £5m upfront, with £5m in add-ons.
But the agreed fee of £6.5m ensures that Ramsay will become Aberdeen’s record sale, beating Nottingham Forest’s current £3m record for Scott McKenna. The Dons also received an extra £1m for the centre-back this summer after Forest were promoted to the Premier League.
Ramsay will become Liverpool’s third signing this summer after the arrival of Darwin Nunez in a club-record £85m deal from Benfica and Fabio Carvalho, who signed from Fulham.
Sky sports news revealed last week that Ramsay’s preferred option is to join Liverpool, among several interested clubs in England, Germany and Italy.
In January, Aberdeen turned down an offer for the Bologna player, understood to be an £830,000 loan offer, with a £3.3m buyout obligation.
‘One of the best young full-backs in the world’
Liverpool have identified Ramsay as a long-term rival at right-back to English star Trent Alexander-Arnold, a player Ramsay has singled out as one of his biggest influences.
“As a full-back, looking at Trent and his crosses and his technical ability, if I can get to that level it would be an advantage,” he said.
“Andy Robertson at Liverpool and (Kieran) Tierney at Arsenal have been brilliant and they are players I look up to, especially as they are full-backs like myself. I feel like I could continue to do that too.”
Speaking during the season, Dons manager Jim Goodwin wasn’t surprised 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. That’s not an exaggeration.”
“His stats, his data in terms of his attacking numbers, putting crosses in the box were unbelievable.
“He had a bit of a dip in form. Either because his head was turned in January as to whether he moved or not.”
Who is Calvin Ramsay?
The youngster was one of Aberdeen’s shining lights as they endured a difficult season in the Scottish Premiership and ultimately finished tenth in the table.
The 18-year-old produced some inspiring performances that showcased his natural talent, attracting interest from top clubs across England and Europe.
But it seems that Liverpool are winning the race for the young player, considered by many to be one of the most talented teenagers in European football.
He broke into the team in the 2020/21 season and made 33 appearances for the Dons during the campaign just ended, scoring one goal.
Ramsay made his European debut in a 5-1 win over Swedish outfit BK Hacken last July in a UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier, starting at right-back and assisting the opening goal.
Liverpool matches: Reds start at Fulham
Liverpool kick off the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a lunchtime trip to newly promoted Fulham on Saturday 6 August.
It will be the fourth season in a row that Liverpool have started a new campaign against a Premier League newcomer.
But after facing Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Man Utd at Old Trafford on August 20.
September will feature away trips to both Everton and Chelsea in September and Liverpool will also face back-to-back clashes with Arsenal and champions Man City on October 8 and 15 respectively.
Liverpool’s last game before the season is temporarily halted 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 arch-rivals United on March 4, before deceptive-looking clashes on back-to-back weekends at City (April 1) and against Arsenal at Anfield (April 8), before the season ends. in Southampton.