Aberdeen want a deal worth up to £10m if they want to sell Calvin Ramsay to Liverpool this summer.
The Dons have been locked in talks with the Champions League finalists over the 18-year-old right-back after Liverpool made an initial offer of £4m, with a further £2m.
However, it is understood that Aberdeen are holding their ground and want at least £5m up front, with £5m in add-ons.
Sky Sports News revealed last week that Ramsay’s preferred choice was to join Liverpool, out of a number of interested clubs in England, Germany and Italy.
In January, Aberdeen rejected an offer for the Bologna player – understood to be an £830,000 loan offer, with an obligation to buy for £3.3m.
Their current record sale is £3million from Nottingham Forest for Scott McKenna. The Dons also received an extra £1million for the centre-back in the summer following Forest’s promotion to the Premier League.
‘The best young full-back in the world’
Liverpool have identified Ramsay as a longtime rival right-back 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, that 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 since they’re full-backs like me. I think I could continue to do that too. “
Speaking over the season, Dons manager Jim Goodwin was unsurprised by the growing interest in the teenager.
He said: “Before January, Calvin was probably one of the best young full-backs in the world to be perfectly honest. It’s no exaggeration.
“His stats, his data in terms of number of attackers, crosses in the box was incredible.
“He’s had a little dip in form. Whether it’s because his head was turned in January, whether he’s moving or not.”
Who is Calvin Ramsay?
The youngster was one of Aberdeen’s shining lights as they endured a difficult season in the Scottish Premiership, eventually finishing 10th in the table.
The 18-year-old produced inspiring performances that showcased his natural talent, attracting interest from top clubs in England and Europe.
But it appears to be Liverpool winning the race for the youngster considered by many to be one of the most talented teenagers in European football.
He broke into the squad in the 2020/21 season and made 33 appearances for the Dons in the just-ended campaign, scoring one goal.
Ramsay made his European debut in a 5-1 win over Swedish side BK Hacken last July in a UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier, starting at right-back and netting first aim.