Liverpool, Chelsea & Tottenham set to scout Juan Iturbe

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Liverpool, Chelsea & Tottenham are set to send scouts to Italy to run the rule over Juan Iturbe but must wait to see if he is fit to play in Verona's Monday tie, reports the Daily Mail.

The Premier League trio are looking into buying the diminutive winger, who has been compared to Lionel Messi, before his valuation increases any further.

Iturbe is currently on loan at Verona from Porto but has had enjoyed an impressive season in Serie A, scoring six and assisting four, drawing the attention of several big clubs in the process.

Officials from Stamford Bridge, Liverpool and White Hart Lane are readying themselves for a trip to Italy, but must first wait to see if Iturbe passes a fitness test after suffering a bruised thigh last week.

All three Premier League clubs are keen to get Iturbe assessed as he may be going for well under what the transfer market might value him a year later.

Verona have an agreed fee with Porto for his permanent transfer but, because of financial issues, the club may buy him before immediately selling him on for an instant profit.

The 20-year-old looks to be a growing talent and, after committing his international future to Argentina (he was also eligible for Paraguay), is being linked with a place in their World Cup squad.

A good World Cup would see his valuation rocket as would another fine season in Serie A with Verona or back in the Portuguese league with Porto.

For Brendan Rodgers, Jose Mourinho and Tottenham, this summer could represent the last chance to land the youngster for a reasonable price, adding urgency to the situation.

As far as a transfer battle goes, Chelsea and Liverpool obviously hold the advantage over Tottenham. Not only do they have the resources to offer more money to both the club and the player, they can also promise Champions League football next season, unlike Spurs.

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