Liverpool assure left-back signing that he was the first choice target

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Liverpool are set to announce the signing of Olympiacos defender Kostas Tsimikas for a fee that could reach € 16.5million – a player they insisted was the prime target this summer.

The reds negotiated a faire signer Tsimikas over the past 10 days and TEAMtalk has gained exclusive insight into how the deal came to be.

A source close to the negotiations told us that Liverpool’s original offer for Tsimikas was rejected last month, with Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards negotiating a deal with Olympiacos director Lina Souloukou with a transfer announcement now imminent.

We understand that the decisive meeting between the two clubs took place while Olympiacos were in England for their Europa League clash against Wolves last Thursday. Sources close to the Greek club have informed us that the final deal for the Greece international could be worth up to € 16.5million if all the add-ons are met.

Our contact also tells us that Olympiacos have inserted a clause in the deal that will see them collect 20 percent of the selling fee when Tsimikas leaves Liverpool.

Souloukou has been lauded by club officials for negotiating a deal that meets all of his club’s demands.

We are told that Olympiacos are proud to mold a player through the makeup of their youth squad and sell him to the reigning European and English champions. The left-back has caught the attention of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Edwards with his performances in European competition this season.

The move represents a rapid build-up for Tsimikas, who has made a huge impression in European competition this season. Olympiacos played Tottenham and Bayern Munich in the Champions League and played against Arsenal and Wolves in the Europa League.

Lewis smoke screen?

Their European race finally ended last Thursday, beaten by Wolves at Molineux, with Souloukou and Edwards meeting on a deal for Tsimikas before this match.

Personal conditions have been agreed with the player and his advisor and it only remains to announce the transfer to both clubs. Tsimikas is expected to be unveiled as a Liverpool player once he completes a routine medical exam.

Tsimikas has been assured by Liverpool chiefs that it is their main goal to provide quality cover to prime left-back Andy Robertson, although the club have done so. has been making efforts to sign Norwich defender Jamal Lewis in recent days.

In fact, Liverpool saw a £ 10million offer for Lewis rejected last week, according to multiple reliable sources.

When it became clear that Norwich was unwilling to lower the asking price for Lewis, Liverpool quickly decided to finalize a deal with Olympiacos for Tsimikas.

The player will complete the final deal formalities within the next 48 hours after his flight to England on Sunday.

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