Liverpool have completed the signing of Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay for £6.5m.
Liverpool are paying an initial £4m upfront with an additional £2.5m in the form of add-ons.
The 18-year-old recently traveled to Liverpool to finalize personal terms and undergo a medical. The defender has signed a five-year deal at Anfield and will link up with Jurgen Klopp’s side for pre-season. Liverpool have no plans to loan out Ramsay.
“I’m excited and it’s a dream come true to be here,” the defender told Liverpool’s official website after completing his transfer.
“It was a dream come true to play for Aberdeen, and now being at one of the biggest clubs, if not the biggest club in the world, is a huge achievement and I can’t wait to show the fans what I want.” I’ve got.
“Hopefully I can go into pre-season, show everyone at the club, the staff, the players what I’ve got and then we’ll see what happens from there.”
Ramsay broke into the Aberdeen first team in 2020/21 and made 33 appearances in the season just ended, scoring one goal and registering nine assists in all competitions.
His performances earned him the SFWA Young Player of the Year award, while he also has European experience through the Europa Conference League, along with U21 international experience.
Liverpool had been in talks with the Dons over the defender after making an initial offer of £4m, with £2m in add-ons.
However, it is understood that Aberdeen 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 becomes 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 was 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 England 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 bright 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 Liverpool have won 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.
‘Ramsay will challenge Trent at right back’
Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam:
“Calvin Ramsay is a hugely exciting young talent north of the border for the last 18 months or so. Nine assists, which is really significant for a right back. Jurgen Klopp is moving and shaping this transfer window in this moment.
“He has been watched by many Premier League teams over the last 18 months, and some in Europe as well. Klopp wants to sign good, talented players who are ready to jump into the first team, but also like to be hungry.” players with enormous potential and Ramsay is that.
“This is not a player that Liverpool want to give up and see if he can break into the squad, this is someone who will challenge Trent Alexander-Arnold straight away and want him to feature on the first day of pre-season.”
“What this says for Liverpool is that they have a plan and a strategy, you can see that in the philosophy of their three signings. Darwin Nunez is ready to rock and roll at the highest level, with Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay, you have two”. exciting young players who are raw but talented.
“They don’t want to just sign first-team ready players, Klopp wants to develop players. Calvin Ramsay ticks all those boxes. He’s an attacking full-back, that’s what Liverpool fans want to see. He’s right. Footy, six foot, athletic and a big part of his game is assists, you see with Alexander-Arnold.
“We are talking enthusiastically about what Liverpool are doing in the transfer market. They paid, in essence, £85m for Darwin Nunez, but they made a huge amount of money back from the sale of Sadio Mane.
“Liverpool have invested that money in Nunez and two young players. Hats off to Liverpool. If you’re a Manchester United fan, a Chelsea fan, an Arsenal fan, you look at what Manchester City and Liverpool are doing and you’re saying : I’m jealous. I’m envious. This is a good run business and they’re making early moves in the window and when the Liverpool players come for pre-season, the young players will be able to join in.”
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.
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