Napoli Sporting Director Cristiano Giuntoli is considering reviving his interest in Kostas Tsimikas and requesting to sign the Liverpool left-back on loan, per Corriere dello Sport.
Napoli barely have a couple of euros to rub together for transfers after the pandemic tore through their accounts. The Stadio Diego Armando Maradona natives are not the only team struggling, but are feeling the pinch as boss Luciano Spalletti needs new faces brought in.
That’s why Giuntoli is considering reviving Napoli’s interest in Tsimikas and asking Liverpool to loan the full-back for next season. The Azzurri chief has long admired the Greek and never removed his name from a list of potential targets after missing out two years ago.
Liverpool then swooped and paid Olympiakos £12m for Tsimikas last year. But Giuntoli hopes his inability to establish a role under Jurgen Klopp creates an opening for a deal. The 25-year-old played just seven games, totalling 225 minutes, in all competitions last season.
Giuntoli would go back to 2019 and try signing Tsimikas from Olympiacos if he could, such is his admiration of him. But Napoli would only be able to strike a deal with Liverpool if the Reds accept a loan offer. And doing so would leave Klopp short of depth in the position.
Similarly, Calciomercato also claimed earlier this month that Inter Milan want Tsimikas on loan. The Serie A champions consider the £60,000-per-week wing-back a more realistic option than Alex Telles. The Manchester United ace has also since sustained an ankle injury.
Inter and Napoli could now have to duel it out for the chance to sign Tsimikas on loan from Liverpool. A permanent deal is also a no-go, as the Liverpool Echo report the Reds are pleased with his progress behind-the-scenes.
Liverpool would lose a ‘monster’ if Tsimikas joined Napoli on loan
Napoli will have to present appealing terms for Liverpool to loan Tsimikas and leave Klopp short of depth. The Greek’s exit would leave Andrew Robertson as the only senior left-back at Anfield. And Klopp would surely like to manage his mainstay’s workload next season.
Fabinho has also been full of praise for Tsimikas lately, with the Liverpool midfielder calling him a ‘monster’ on Instagram. But if Klopp feels Robertson can cope with another action-packed campaign with few breaks, a loan may be worth considering.
Tsimikas has only proven himself Liverpool in training, not on the pitch, and minutes would be on offer at Napoli. And as a permanent transfer is ruled out, he could show Klopp what he can do by impressing in Naples. Then, on returning, cement his place in the Reds squad.