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Report: Napoli had a deal with Tsimikas but player wanted Liverpool move

Liverpool tend to get their business done efficiently and quietly, often leaving little time between the moment you know they’re interested and the moment the player is pictured with the shirt. The club’s latest addition followed this rule. However, the story of the Reds’ new signing isn’t as straightforward as first thought. According to Kevin Palmer Napoli had a deal agreed with Kostas Tsimikas but the player wanted to move to Liverpool.

Napoli apparently had a deal agreed for Kostas Tsimikas only to have Liverpool snatch the signing away. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool bag Tsimikas

Liverpool signed Tsimikas from Olympiacos for £11.7m this week. The Greek international was linked with the club sporadically in the last few months but solid reports began emerging over the weekend, followed quickly by the announcement of his signing.

Tsimi will arrive as cover for Andy Robertson, at 24-years-old the Greek full back will be hoping to compete for a starting berth in the next few years as Robbo heads towards his 30s.

Napoli had Tsimikas deal sealed

Journalist Kevin Palmer has reported on Twitter that Napoli had a deal for Kostas Tsimikas tied up some weeks ago.

However, the Greek was aware of Liverpool’s interest and wanted his dream move to Anfield.

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As a result Olympiacos made sure that a deal was struck with Michael Edwards in order to send the left back to his preferred destination.

What RTK has to say

Liverpool is historically one of the biggest clubs in the world. There are Kopites the world over, there’s even quite a few in Greece.

If you combine the stature of the club with the allure of working with Jürgen Klopp then you have an irresistible prospect on your hands.

It is no surprise that Napoli – a team the Reds can’t seem to avoid in Europe at the minute – missed out on Tsimikas, when you hear that Klopp wants you, why would you go anywhere else?

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