If there is a perfect transfer exit, Calvin Ramsay’s move to Liverpool just might be it.
Aberdeen’s childhood hero is the hometown kid who did well before landing transfer booty for the club he loves.
You couldn’t script it better.
Best wishes from the Dons hierarchy and bettors as Ramsay’s transfer acts as a resounding endorsement from the Cormack Park academy.
Liverpool paid £4.5m for an 18-year-old dripping with potential and could shell out as much as £8m for the right-back if things go as planned.
The cash injection is welcome and will keep Jim Goodwin’s side resolute in the face of growing interest from fellow Aberdeen academy player Connor Barron, who is being watched by Celtic.
And there is significant interest from Millwall in Lewis Ferguson, but it could cost the Championship side £3million to complete a deal.
But now the hard part begins, identifying the right players to improve the team’s confidence after a rotten season that ended in 10th place last term.
Goodwin has been optimistic about Aberdeen’s recruiting work and now is the time to put it into practice.
Save sport executes the rule on transfer targets who could follow Ylber Ramadani to the North East club.
Conor Ronan (Wolves)
The first target. Scottish football has provided opportunities for under-the-radar players for years and Ronan passed his audition at St Mirren last season.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has an eye for goal and his eight goals for the Buddies have been a bright spark in a season that has crumbled.
He thrived under Goodwin before heading to Granite City and a permanent deal seems to make sense for all parties.
Around 10% of Ramsay’s upfront fee would allow Aberdeen to pull the trigger on an offer for Ronan, whose fee has been set by Wolves at around £400-500,000. Hearts are also interested, but Ramsay’s money gives the Dons a chance again.
Tobias Lauritsen (BK side)
The 24-year-old fulfilled the golden rule for every transfer target on Sunday by keeping his name in the headlines.
His consolation goal in the 2-1 loss to Molde was a reminder of his eye for goal and he made it four for the season.
The 6ft2in striker is an imposing presence and his potential arrival would add intrigue to Christian Ramirez’s follow-up.
Lauritsen seems like the perfect person to lead the line in Scottish football and his knack for bringing others into the game.
Bojan Miovski (MTK Budapest)
A pair of attackers, you say?
Aberdeen have already signed Ramadani from MTK and a double dive has been mooted for the striker who scores for free.
If Lauritsen is the heist, then Miovski is all about goals with nine out of 18 appearances for club and country this season.
The North Macedonia international is heading to the World Cup and looks like a wise investment.
But it could well be one or the other in terms of potential striker arrivals with Miovski and Lauritsen.
Josh Dacres-Cogley (Tranmere Rovers)
Ramsay’s departure means it’s time to find a new right-back.
And Josh Dacres-Cogley, valued between £400-500,000, is on Aberdeen’s radar.
The 26-year-old is a key man is a key performer for Micky Mellon’s men and looks like an ideal candidate to fill the significant void left by the new Liverpool star.
Dacres-Cogley has one year left on his current contract at Prenton Park.
Jacob Davenport (Blackburn Rovers)
Davenport is another right-back whose name has been checked as an option and has one year left on his contract at Ewood Park.
But it looks like Dacres-Cogley is the Dons’ main target.
However, Davenport is a versatile operator with midfield experience and could line up alongside Ramadani.