Liverpool will reportedly have to fend off stiff competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham and Newcastle United in the race to sign Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen.
According to a report from footballscotland.co.uk, Calvin Ramsay is the subject of some serious interest from Liverpool over a possible move in the summer transfer window, with the Reds understood to be closing in on a £4 million capture of the teenage sensation. However, it looks like they will now have to face increased competition from top-flight rivals Newcastle and Tottenham in the chase for the 18-year-old.
Ramsay rose through the ranks at his hometown club Aberdeen after being brought in from local side Cove Boys Club at the age of eight, and he has earmarked himself as a major future star after excelling for the Dons in 2021/22.
Ramsay played 33 times for the Scottish Premiership side this past season across all competitions, of which 29 were starts, including in the Europa Conference League qualifications, where he impressed by contributing four assists in six games. He was also named Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year last month.
Despite only being 18 years old, Ramsay has drawn interest from a flurry of Premier League teams, with Leeds United considered favourites to secure the Scotland Under-21 international’s services at one stage. As per the report, Aberdeen are continuously assessing their options as they seek to capitalise on the tug-of-war brewing in the market for their prized asset, with an asking price of around £4 million mentioned.
Liverpool, for one, have reportedly been in advanced talks to secure the signing of Ramsay in recent days. The Reds are constantly on the lookout for promising young players and want specialised cover for right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. However, they are not alone in their admiration for Ramsay.
Tottenham have also identified the Aberdeen wonderkid as a transfer target in the face of Emerson Royal’s limited offensive capabilities. Ramsay has rotated between right-back and right wing-back positions this past term and displayed a perfect blend of attacking and defensive traits. He is capable of bombing up and down the flanks, making him a suitable addition to Antonio Conte’s system in the long run.
As for Newcastle, manager Eddie Howe is intent on reducing the average age of the squad after having brought proven Premier League and experienced players in January. There is also a complete academy restructuring undergoing behind the scenes, reflected by their acquisition of 17-year-old Irish defender Alex Murphy from Galway United recently.
Ramsay’s composure, grit, and ability to read the game demonstrate that he is worth a shot for the Magpies. Aside from the sides mentioned above, Leeds United and Serie A side Bologna are also seemingly keen to land the full-back, with the latter, no strangers to the Scottish market, having signed Hearts’ Aaron Hickey in 2020. So, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the race for Ramsay this summer.