Greek giants Olympiacos are reportedly interested in signing Liverpool left-back Yasser Larouci before the end of the transfer window next month.
According to Sportime journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos, Olympiacos are keen on bringing the young defender over to Greece this summer from the Reds.
— Giannis Chorianopoulos (@choria80) September 25, 2020
However, he does not specify whether they are looking into a loan or permanent deal for Larouci, who was linked with Premier League side Leeds earlier this year.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
It would be quite the story if Olympiacos go and sign Larouci from Liverpool after selling their own starting left-back to the club earlier in the window. Kostas Tsimikas left Olympiacos to join the Reds for £11.7m and the Greek club could now hand some of that money back in order to sign Larouci. It does make you wonder why Olympiacos did not propose some sort of swap deal in the initial agreement for Tsimikas, as it could have saved them a lot of time searching for a new left-back to add to their squad.
In terms of Liverpool, it does make sense for Larouci to move on – either on loan or permanently. Andy Robertson and Tsimikas are the two first-choice first-team options at left-back, whilst young defender Neco Williams has also covered in that position at times this year. So, for Liverpool, this could be an astute piece of business to sell him to Olympiacos as it could – essentially – reduce the price they paid for Tsimikas due to Olympiacos potentially paying a fee for Larouci.
Olympiacos will now need to agree a fee – if it is a permanent deal – with Liverpool and then convince Larouci that moving to Greece is the right decision to make in his career. It gave Tsimikas the platform to be spotted by Liverpool, which could give encouragement to Larouci and show him that he could earn a move to a top club down the line if he performs well at Olympiacos.