Liverpool have identified the 18-year-old right-back as a long-term rival for Trent Alexander-Arnold; Aberdeen set to bank a club-record £6.5m fee for the talented defender; Ramsay was named SFWA Young Player of the Year this season.

Liverpool have agreed a £6.5m deal to sign Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay, with the Reds paying an initial £4m up front and £2.5m in add-ons.

The 18-year-old is now due to travel to Liverpool to finalise 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 £4m offer, with £2m in add-ons.

However, it is understood Aberdeen were holding firm and wanted at least £5m up-front, with £5m in add-ons.

But the £6.5m fee agreed ensures Ramsay will become Aberdeen’s record sale, surpassing their current record of £3m from Nottingham Forest for Scott McKenna. The Dons have also received an extra £1m for the centre-back this summer after Forest were promoted to the Premier League.

Ramsay is set to become Liverpool’s third signing this summer after the arrivals of Darwin Nunez in a club-record £85m deal from Benfica and Fabio Carvalho, who signed from Fulham.

In January, Aberdeen rejected a bid for the player from Bologna – 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’

Calvin Ramsay featured for Scotland under-21s this year

Liverpool have identified Ramsay as a long-term right-back rival 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 then it 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 as they are full-backs like me. I feel I could go on to do that as well.”

Speaking during the season, Dons manager Jim Goodwin wasn’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.”

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