Liverpool's pursuit of Argentine forward Juan Manuel Iturbe has taken a new twist this week, with Gazetta dello Sport reporting that Roma are close to agreeing a €15m summer switch with his parent club Porto.
Iturbe has shone on loan with Serie A newboys Hellas Verona this season, contributing five goals in 19 league matches to help the promoted outfit emerge as surprise contenders for European qualification.
The 20-year-old is under contract at Porto until 2016 but the Portuguese giants are willing to negotiate with interested parties over a summer transfer, which has attracted the attention of Scudetto contenders Roma.
Roma are ready to steal a march on rivals for Iturbe's signature including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, attempting to agree a deal which will see Rudi Garcia's side sign the versatile attacking option for a fee of €15m.
Juventus are also believed to be monitoring the situation closely, although Porto are in a position to create a bidding war with so many clubs interested or opt to keep the player for next season's Champions League charge.