Liverpool are interested in signing Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay, who could fetch a club-record amount for the Scottish Premiership team.
The Dons turned down a deal from Bologna for the player in January.
The 18-year-old has been regarded as Trent Alexander-long-term Arnold’s right-back competition at Anfield.
The Serie A club made an initial loan bid of £830,000 with a buyout clause of £3.3 million at the end of the season.
Ramsay credits Alexander-Arnold as one of his biggest influences.
Aberdeen would only consider selling the player for well above their record fee, which currently stands at £3m.
On winning this year’s SFWA Young Player of the Year award he said:
Ramsay said: “There are some great players who have won the award and it’s a massive achievement for me. As a full-back, watching Trent and his crosses and his technical ability – 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’re players I look up to, especially as they are full-backs like me. I feel I could go on to do that as well.” Dons manager Jim Goodwin isn’t surprised by the growing interest in the teenager.
He said: “Prior to January, Calvin was probably one of the best young full-backs in the world to be perfectly honest. That is not an over-exaggeration. “His stats, his data in terms of his attacking numbers, putting crosses in the box were incredible.
“He had a little dip in form. “Whether that was because his head was turned in January with whether he was moving or not moving.”
The 18-year-old has produced some inspiring performances that have showcased his natural talent attracting interest from top clubs in England and Europe. But it appears to be Liverpool who are winning the race for the young player who is regarded by many as one of the most talented teenagers in European football.
The youngster has been one of the shining lights for Aberdeen as they have endured a tough season in the Scottish Premiership where they currently sit 10th in the table. Who is Calvin Ramsay?
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