Liverpool have reportedly agreed a £4million transfer for Aberdeen full-back Calvin Ramsay.
After the signings of attacker Fabio Carvalho and striker Darwin Nunez, Ramsay has been next on the agenda for Liverpool. They have identified him as someone who can be their back-up to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Indeed, there has been little competition for the right-back’s place. Alexander-Arnold started 45 games in all competitions last season.
Now, though, there will be someone behind him in the pecking order, to keep him on his toes. According to Paul Joyce of the Times, Liverpool have now reached an agreement to sign Ramsay.
They will pay £4m transfer fee to Aberdeen for the youngster, who has made 39 appearances for the Scottish club’s senior team. The fee could rise to £6.5m with the activation of add-ons.
For Ramsay, a five-year contract until 2027 at Anfield is waiting. He will need to pass a medical first, which will have to wait until after this weekend.
After that, Ramsay will be ready to join up with the Liverpool first-team squad for pre-season training.
There will be no pressure on him to usurp Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order. Instead, he will provide competition and support for the England international.
Calvin Ramsay could be last Liverpool addition
Respected reporter Joyce also adds that Ramsay will likely be Liverpool’s last signing of the summer.
There are some concerns about their midfield options; with that in mind, Liverpool were looking at Aurelien Tchouameni before his move from Monaco to Real Madrid.
Interest in Borussia Dortmund and England starlet Jude Bellingham remains. However, such a move will have to wait until 2023.
And Joyce warns not to anticipate any other signings at Liverpool before the transfer window closes. They would rather not make stop-gap additions.
Hence, it will be the priority for Liverpool to add a new midfielder in 2023. But their summer signings for 2022 should be restricted to Carvalho, Nunez and Ramsay.
Liverpool hoping patience pays off
Liverpool have been prudent in recent years and have been willing to wait for the right deal if necessary.
They showed they can be more proactive with the preponed January addition of Luis Diaz. But in general, they can be patient to approach deals on their own terms.
Acting so quickly at the start of this summer window could be beneficial. They have signed one starter in the shape of Nunez, and are taking two youngsters with potential.
They should still be well-stocked enough in midfield to wait for the opportunity to sign Bellingham – or someone else – to arise next year.
But after winning two competitions last season and coming so close in two more, there is little need for Liverpool to make major changes. Only time will tell if they have added further silverware by the time they do look into additional signings next year.
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