While Nunez is only hours away from being confirmed as Liverpool’s latest signing, work continues on ensuring Ramsay follows him closely through the doors at Kirkby.
The 18-year-old has been on the transfer radar for some time now, with the right-back showing what he is capable of in a season that saw him named Scottish Football Writers’ Young Player of the Year.
It came after a 33-game season with one goal and nine assists across all competitions, leading to plenty of interest in his signature – but Liverpool is his preferred destination.
The deal was said to be “close to completion” last week with a medical expected in swift fashion, with the Reds having made their £4 million approach, with further add-ons that would take the deal to £6m.
But now, the Daily Mail has reported that Aberdeen now want a total package worth £8.5m from Liverpool, inclusive of add-ons.
It’s a fee that would shatter the Scottish club’s club-record sale of £3m, which came as a result of Scott McKenna’s move to Nottingham Forest in 2020.
Aberdeen are said to want “an upfront payment of £5m,” raising their demands beyond the £4m deal that was expected to be agreed upon.
And Sky Sports have also reported of a raise in demands, but they say that Aberdeen want a deal worth £10 million, with £5m up-front and a further £5 million in add-ons.
It’s not a surprise to see the Scottish side look to squeeze as much out of Liverpool as they can knowing they have agreed to a £64m, rising to £85m, deal with Benfica for Nunez.
For a club of their size, it represents a significant injection of cash for a player they have developed since Ramsay’s, very, early years in the game.
Liverpool may play hardball in return, though, for a player that would act as Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s deputy – but who is to blink first?