Liverpool are lining up a move for Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas, according to reports. Multiple clubs reportedly court the Olympiakos man.
Greek outlet SDNA makes the claim. They believe that Liverpool would pay the £22m fee and are the only team in a position to pay it.
They also mention Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Napoli and Internazionale but, apparently, none of them could match Liverpool’s offer.
The Reds noticed him during Olympiakos v Wolves, with the games against Arsenal confirming their interest. But why, exactly, do they want him?
The report claims that Liverpool need Tsimikas as Andy Robertson’s performances haven’t been good enough. The 23-year-old would, therefore, come in to fight for the first-choice spot at left-back.
What RTK has to say
It would be strange for Liverpool to pay £22m on a left-back. They only pay that kind of money on players adding something new, rather than players simply adding competition.
And that’s all Tsimikas would be, of course. He’s not going to add anything to left-back that Robertson doesn’t already – the Scot is arguably the best around.
Which makes SDNA’s comment on Robertson strange. He’s had a good season, assisting seven goals, scoring two himself and playing a consistent role in a hugely successful team.
So spending £22m on a player to be his understudy just seems like a waste. That money would be far better spent in other areas to add to the team, not merely back it up.