Liverpool transfer: Napoli linked with move for forgotten defender
Napoli are eyeing up a move to sign forgotten Liverpool man Kostas Tsimikas, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
The report suggests that a loan move would be ideal for all parties, with Liverpool considering allowing him to leave.
Napoli tried to sign the player last summer before he swapped Olympiacos for the Premier League outfit.
Tsimikas joined the Reds for £11.75 million but he hasn’t quite taken to English football the way Jurgen Klopp would have hoped.
During his maiden campaign in England, he managed just seven appearances and failed to start a league game.
Now, Klopp could let him leave, although at 25-years-old he could choose to loan him out for a year instead of selling him.
Tsimikas was always going to be a backup option for Liverpool. Andy Robertson has become a top player in recent years and is one of Klopp’s trusted players.
It’s fair to say that the left-back will have expected more game time though.
He managed just 225 minutes in total since checking in from Greece, with Klopp thoroughly unconvinced by him.
Liverpool will hope to make some changes to their squad this summer after finishing in third place last season.
Klopp wise to let Tsimikas go but a left-back will be sought
Liverpool do have James Milner who can fill in at left-back but if Tsimikas leaves, another player will be required.
The Reds can’t afford to leave themselves short and a player boasting enormous potential would perhaps be ideal.
Tsimikas earns £60,000-a-week and if a loan can be struck, Napoli will probably take on a fair old chunk of that salary.
Liverpool will want to bolster lots of areas this summer and it now looks as though left-back will be one of them.
Tsimikas will have it all to prove if he does head to Napoli. Even then his days at Anfield could be numbered.