Napoli have decided to focus their efforts on Liverpool defender Kostas Tsimikas after facing frustration in signing Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea.
That’s according to Corriere Dello Sport, who say that Liverpool are opening up to the idea of a loan move for the Greek full-back.
The newspaper explains that while Palmieri remains the ‘big dream’ for Luciano Spalletti, there is a growing sense that Chelsea will not give in on that front.
They ‘do not give discounts’ and Marina Granovskaia has, up to this point, ‘chosen a very rigid line.’ Napoli, therefore, are looking elsewhere, and that has led them to Tsimikas.
According to Corriere, he can be got on loan with a right of redemption tagged onto it, with Liverpool sending out ‘signals of openness’ to that idea.
There is a belief that Tsimikas represents the ‘easiest solution’, but it will all depend on Jurgen Klopp and whether he wants to keep the 25-year-old as a replacement for Andy Robertson.
While the player has no problem playing that role, and there was no conflict with Klopp last season when he did not play, the prospect of another season like that ‘worries him’.
Like any player, he’d prefer to be playing regularly, and that is something Napoli can offer as they try to sort out their long-standing issues at left-back.
The Italian side have called Liverpool, and Tsimikas is a ‘concrete track’ for them. Unless Chelsea change their mind about Emerson, he will be the one they target moving forwards.