Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Calvin Ramsay to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by The Scotsman, who claim that the 18-year-old right-back is wanted by all three of Leeds, Liverpool and Bologna this summer – the latter of whom reportedly saw a £4.8m bid rejected by Aberdeen in the January window.
Further reports claim that the likes of West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Burnley are also keeping tabs on the Scotland U21 international, for whom the Dons are believed to be demanding a figure in the region of £6m in order to part with.
Speaking about the interest in his services back in April, Ramsay said: “It’s good being linked with big clubs but I’ve just tried to block it out really. You can’t get caught up in all of that. That’s the worst thing, especially as a young player.
“I’ve just broken into the first team this season, so I’m trying to block it out and keep playing my game. If you come into the first team and play well, like I have, anything can happen.
“The likes of Aaron Hickey came in at Hearts. He did well and got a big move to Serie A and he’s been brilliant, scoring goals and everything.
“Andy Robertson at Liverpool and Kieran Tierney at Arsenal, they’ve all been brilliant and they’re players I look up to, especially as they are full-backs like me. I’ve seen what they’ve done. I feel I could go on to do that as well.”
Considering how exciting a prospect Ramsay quite clearly is, it is not difficult to understand why Victor Orta would be interested in a deal to bring the full-back to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
Indeed, over his 24 Scottish Premiership appearances this term, the £540k-rated talent highly impressed on the right of Jim Goodwin’s backline, scoring one goal, providing five assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.8 key passes, 0.8 interceptions, 0.8 tackles and winning 3.4 duels – at a success rate of 51% – per game.
These returns saw the £880-per-week right-back who journalist Martin Hardy dubbed “highly-rated” average an extraordinary SofaScore match rating of 6.92, ranking him as the Dons’ joint fifth-best player in the Scottish top flight – with his consistently impressive performances seeing the teenager named as the Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year.
As such, it is clear to see that the teenager is heading down a similar path to that of former Celtic starlet and Ramsay’s self-confessed idol Kieran Tierney – the 24-year-old left-back who joined Arsenal in a £25m deal back in 2019, and has been recently been linked with a £50m move to both Newcastle United and Real Madrid this summer.
And, considering the sheer amount of potential the 18-year-old possesses, it would indeed appear a highly advisable move for Orta to do everything in his power to convince the right-back of a move to LS11 in the coming weeks, as, by landing the £6m talent, the Spaniard could well have secured Leeds the next Tierney.