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Chelsea & Liverpool face fight to sign Juan Manuel Iturbe

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Liverpool and Chelsea appear to face big European competition for the signing of Juan Manuel Iturbe.

According to Italian media sources cited by talkSPORT, Inter Milan have made the talented Porto playmaker a top transfer target for this summer and could have an advantage in any potential battle for his services with the player believed to be settled in Italy.

20-year-old Iturbe seems to be causing quite the fuss at present, with Premier League duo Chelsea and Liverpool - as well as title rivals Arsenal - credited with a interest in the  player, along with Everton, Juventus and Roma.

Although Porto brought Iturbe to Europe from Paraguayan outfit Cerro Porteño back in 2010, he only made a handful appearances in Portugal before returning to South America for a loan spell with River Plate.

He returned to his parent club prior to the start of the 2013/14 campaign, but was quickly sent back out on loan - this time to Italian side Hellas Verona.

And it is at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi that the former Paraguay and Argentina international has thrived with a number of scintillating attacking performances.

Although there could well be concerns about how he could adapt to the Premier League given his rather slight physical stature, there is no doubting Iturbe's techical qualities.

While Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho does not exactly have a shortage of attacking options available to him and currently boasts the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Oscar in his ranks at Stamford Bridge, it is surely likely that the Blues will seek to further strengthen their squad in all areas this summer in order to keep paces with the likes of Manchester City.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are having an extremely good second season themselves under Brendan Rodgers, with the talkative Northern Irishman guiding the Reds to second place in the Premier League.

And although Rodgers himself can lay claim to an impressive attacking unit featuring the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and eye-catching Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, the squad depth at Anfield leaves little to be desired and will surely need to be improved if they are to compete sufficiently once again in the Champions League.

With Inter lurking, however, it seems they will have to act fast in order to land the £12 million-rated Iturbe.

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