Napoli have been in contact with Liverpool about a potential loan move for defender Kostas Tsimikas this summer.

That’s according to Italian journalist Ciro Venerato, who says the Reds aren’t keen on letting the Greek full-back leave if it is not a permanent exit.

Napoli are on the hunt for a new left back this summer, and their dream signing is Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea, a player they’ve liked and wanted for some time.

However, getting him out of Stamford Bridge continues to be a difficult operation, and so they are continuing to look elsewhere.

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One alternative named in reports is Tsimikas, who played a bit-part role at best for Liverpool last season following a summer arrival from Olympiakos.

That could lead to an exit from Anfield this summer, with the 25-year-old unlikely to be happy with the seven games and 225 minutes he’s managed for Jurgen Klopp’s side so far.

It seems a move to Napoli won’t be happening, though, unless they can offer a permanent solution at some point.

“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,” Venerato told Radio Kiss Kiss, relayed by Area Napoli.

“But Liverpool have already given their answer, they said no to Napoli, the player can only leave on a permanent basis.”