Napoli are preparing a bid to lure Liverpool back-up left back Konstantinos Tsimikas to Serie A, claims a report.
Jurgen Klopp hunted high and low for support for Andy Robertson last summer. The Greek left-back was the man that Klopp went for, but he has endured a torrid time at Anfield since his £11million move from Olympiakos.
Injuries hindered the 25-year-old’s debut season in England and he made just seven appearances. But even when the defender was injury free he was hardly given a look in by Klopp, who handed him just seven appearances.
Tsimikas failed to make a start in the Premier League and started just twice in the Champions League. And one of those starts was the 2-0 defeat to Atlanta which saw him replaced by Robertson after an hour.
Still, despite not getting on Klopp’s favoured list, the club refused to let him go in January.
As a result of his inactivity, two of the biggest sides in Greece contacted the Reds over a deal.
Sources told us that Olympiakos and Panathinaikos were both keen to take him back to his homeland. However, Liverpool rebuffed the approaches and wanted to keep the player at Anfield.
Serie A side Napoli were also interested and they have now renewed their interest in the defender, according to Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness.
The Partenopei apparently wanted the player in January too, but could not put together a financial deal to get him to Italy.
‘Relationships still there’
Tsimikas also, understandably, wanted to give it a proper go at Anfield. However, little changed for the eight-cap Greece international in the second part of the season. And Napoli remain in desperate need of a left-back.
The paper claims “the relationships and videos are still there” prompting suggestions they could make a more determined bid to get him this summer.
Still under contract until 2025, Liverpool are under no pressure to sell the player. However, if Tsimikas pushed for an exit it is unlikely Michael Edwards and Klopp would stand in his way.
There may also still be interest in the player in Turkey.
According to Fotomac earlier this month, he has become a target for Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.