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Juan Manuel Iturbe signs for Hellas Verona

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Hellas Verona have announced the permanent signing of former Liverpool and Chelsea target Juan Manuel Iturbe - although a move to England could still be on the cards.

The Argentine winger spent the last season in northern Italy on loan from Porto having failed to make an impact at Estadio do Dragao. His first season with Hellas was a fruitful for one - the newly promoted team finished an impressive 10th in Serie A, just three points away from qualifying from the Europa League.

Individualy, Iturbe netted eight times in 33 appearances as he reproduced the form than took him to Porto, and attracted the interest of a number of top clubs from across Europe - including Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid.

The terms of his loan deal gave Hellas the chance to secure a permanent deal, and Porto have confirmed the details of the move.

The club released a statement reading: "FC Porto wishes to inform that Hellas Verona exercised their option to buy the sporting rights of Juan Iturbe for the value of €15million."

Following on from an impressive debut season in Serie A, Hellas may look to cash in on their new signing this summer. Despite only just sealing a permanent deal, Verona are aware they could make an instant profit, having previously insisted they'd sell for no less than £24million.

Iturbe caught the eye as a teenager playing for Cerro Porteño, and despite being born in Argentina, he made his international debut for Paraguay aged just 16 in a friendly against Chile.

Since gaining his one and only full international cap, Iturbe has switched his allegiance to Argentina and has featured for their Under 20 side. Highly-rated in South America, the winger signed for Porto in January 2011, but remained in Paraguay with Cerro Porteño until his 18th birthday in June of that year.

Things didn't go too well in Portugal and Iturbe returned to his homeland to sign on loan for River Plate in December 2012 after just a handful of appearances.

He'd go on to feature in Porto's second game of the 2013/2014 season, coming off the bench in a 3-0 victory over Maritimo, but he'd be on the move again soon.

Despite a number of clubs chasing his signature, Iturbe signed a season-long loan deal with Hellas as they they returned to Serie A for the first time in over a decade. The newly promoted club reaped the benefits of the agreement in Iturbe's first start saw him score in a 2-1 victory.

The following week Iturbe was once again on the score-sheet as Hellas sealed a 4-1 away win against Bologna to continue an impressive start to the season.

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