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Juan Manuel Iturbe - the 'next Lionel Messi' is the real deal

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Juan Manuel Iturbe has impressed in Serie A this season and it's no wonder he is being courted by some of Europe's top sides. 

The 20-year-old Argentine forward has been dubbed "the new Lionel Messi" due to the similarities he shares with the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

A compatriot of Messi's, Itrube is also diminutive in stature, quick on the ball and an attacker.

The forward, who can also operate in attacking midfield or as a winger, is on loan at over-achieving Italian Serie A side Hellas Verona from FC Porto.

He has impressed in Serie A this term, scoring five goals and providing three assists. His first goal came against newly-promoted Livorno, a stunning free kick (watch it here).

He also impressed on loan back for River Plate in his native Argentina last year. Iturbe represented Paraguay at under-17 and under-20 level having spent much of his life in the country, scoring goals for both sides.

However, following a falling out with the Paraguayan management, Itrube declared himself available for Argentina and has since represented them at under-20 level.

As a creative, attacking player, Iturbe is very good at fashioning chances for his team mates, creating 13 for teammates so far this term and has been lauded for his ability to produce through balls. 

He is deadly from direct free-kicks and can finish clinically. He shares many attributes with his compatriot, Leo Messi.

Liverpool, Roma and current-club Hellas Verona are all said to be interested in landing the Porto star, who has failed to settle in Portugal since joining in 2010. Hellas Verona have an option-to-buy when his season-long loan comes to and end, but he may be tempted by the lure of a bigger club.

Transfermarkt.com rate the talented 20-year-old attacker at £8.8 million, which looks like a steal if he fulfils his potential.

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