Liverpool edge ahead of Leicester in battle for Olympiakos star 1 month ago

Liverpool edge ahead of Leicester in battle for Olympiakos star

Jürgen Klopp is looking for a back-up to Andy Robertson.

Liverpool and Leicester have both enquired about the availability of Olympiakos left-back Kostas Tsimikas, according to the Mail.

Jurgen Klopp is on the hunt for a back-up to Andy Robertson, the only natural left-back in the Liverpool squad. The Reds had a £10m bid for Norwich's Jamal Lewis rejected earlier in the week.

Leicester, meanwhile, are lining up Tsimikas as a replacement for Ben Chilwell, who is likely to leave this summer to either Manchester City or Chelsea.

The 24-year-old drew attention from Premier League sides after impressing against Wolves in the Europa League, with Chelsea and Everton also reportedly interested.

Kostas Tsimikas of Olympiacos FC at a November 2019 press conference before a Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich, earlier this season. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

But at the moment Liverpool and Leicester are at the front of the queue, with Olympiakos reportedly ready to sell the Greek international for a fee of £12m.

The league champions are looking for some back-up for Robertson at left-back and Tsimikas and Norwich City's Lewis are both said to be on their list. Norwich will be looking for somewhere in the region of £20m so Klopp may look to the Olympiakos star, who they could get for in the region of £12-£14m.

Leicester would hope to receive a fee of around six times that for Chilwell so could comfortably afford the fee, but it could be a case of Liverpool acting first before the Foxes complete the sale of the England international.