Liverpool could be set for a huge transfer setback regarding young Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay.
According to Football Insider, Leeds United have been granted permission to open talks with the 18-year-old, who has recently been crowned the SFWA Young Scottish Player of the Year after an excellent campaign.
Aberdeen will demand a fee which matches the youngster’s talents, and with Serie A outfit Bologna making a reported £4.8m bid for the defender in January, both Liverpool and Leeds will likely need to surpass that amount to secure his signing.
Liverpool have been outstanding this season, with a historic quadruple in their sights, although Jurgen Klopp is still planning for the future.
Ramsay has excelled in the Aberdeen first team this term, clocking the fourth-highest WhoScored rating of anyone to play more than 15 times for them in 2021/22, leaving little wonder as to why multiple Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in him.
With Trent Alexander-Arnold becoming a mainstay at right-back for Liverpool at the tender age of 23, this could give Leeds the edge in the chase for the Scottish starlet, especially if they have been given permission to speak to him over a potential transfer.
The Whites could perhaps offer a more attainable route to first-team football, and Ramsay’s next move will need to be chosen carefully for his career development. Just take a look at Nathan Patterson, who moved from Rangers to Everton and has barely featured for the struggling Toffees.
As Klopp continues his search for an understudy to Alexander-Arnold, he could well miss the chance to sign Ramsey, as Leeds appear to have edged ahead in the race for him.
If his first season at senior level has told us something, it’s that the 18-year-old looks set to become one of Scotland’s brightest talents over the next few years. Therefore, Klopp may well be fuming if the Reds miss out to their Premier League rivals for the Aberdeen starlet.