Chelsea are hoping Jose Mourinho's influence in Portugal can help them beat their Premier League rivals to Argentinian starlet Juan Manuel Iturbe, reports talkSPORT.

The 20-year-old is contracted to Porto but has spent this season out on loan to Hellas Verona where he has thoroughly impressed on-watching scouts.

Arsenal and Liverpool have been credited with an interest with both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers hoping to strengthen their forward lines in the summer.

However, now Chelsea have entered the fray, they become immediate favourites as manager Mourinho still holds strong ties with his former club.

Porto were already considering Iturbe on a permanent basis but will be given more reason to do so if Mourinho comes calling.

Of course Wenger has a reputation of turning raw talent into world-class ability at the Emirates and could well be more desperate to land the Argentinian such are his current options up front.

Rodgers on the other hand can not guarantee first team football at Anfield what with his current pair Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez monopolising the top scorer charts in the Premier League.

Liverpool will still be reeling from Chelsea's successful pursuits of Willian and Mohamed Salah, both of which were wanted at Anfield before their moves to Stamford Bridge.

If Mourinho beats Liverpool to the punch with Iturbe in the summer it'll be the third time in a year the Blues have nabbed a Liverpool target.

Everton, Juventus and AS Roma have all been linked with an interest in Iturbe as well.

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