Transfer update: Liverpool plan more exits plus van de Beek news
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Liverpool are reportedly listening to offers for Greek full-back Kostas Tsimikas, who could be the subject of loan move to Serie A ahead of the new season.
Italian giants Napoli are rumoured to be interested in taking Tsimikas on loan for the 2021/22 campaign.
However, surprisingly, some reports state that Liverpool would only be willing to let the Greek international depart if it were on a permanent basis.
Napoli have been on the prowl for a new left-back all summer and have harboured aspirations of luring Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri away from Stamford Bridge, but that deal looks to be all but dead.
As a result, they have decided to look elsewhere and opted to identify Tsimikas as a potential back-up plan.
Signed from Olympiacos this time last year, the 25-year-old has barely featured at all for a Liverpool side that struggled more than ever last season.
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Often playing deputy to first-choice left back Andy Robertson, Tsimikas has found first-team football very hard to come by at Anfield.
The left-back has featured just seven times for Jurgen Klopp’s side since his arrival in Merseyside, with many of those appearances coming in the form of cameos from the bench.
However, a potential exit for him could be scuppered by the fact that Napoli are unlikely to have the funds to pry him away from Anfield on a permanent basis.
Italian journalist Ciro Venerat told ArenaNapoli: “Tsimikas? Napoli, while waiting to understand what will happen with Emerson Palmieri, has spoken with Liverpool to see if the Reds can open to a loan.
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“But Liverpool have already given their answer, they said no to Napoli, the player can only leave on a permanent basis.”
Tsimikas is only the second Greek player ever to ply his trade for Liverpool, though his fortunes have not fared much better than the first player in Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Given the fact Tsimikas cost Liverpool around £11.5m, their willingness, enthusiasm even, to get rid of him suggests Klopp, along with the rest of the Liverpool hierarchy know his signing was a mistake.
Tsimikas did not make his Premier League debut until the 4-1 defeat at the hands of eventual champions Manchester City in early February.
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His second and as it stands, final league appearance came in May, the penultimate game of the entire season.
The time spent on the bench has marked quite the fall from grace for a player that was crowned the Greek Footballer of the Year as recently as the 2019/20 campaign.
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