Real Madrid look set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Argentine sensation Juan Manuel Iturbe, according to the Express. Officials from Madrid are said to be thrashing out a deal for the youngster, who could cost as much as £24 million.
Iturbe's performances this year have attracted suitors form across Europe including Barcelona, Monaco and Liverpool. The Premier League runners-up have been linked with the winger since his days at Porto.
Iturbe’s diminutive stature and dribbling ability have seen him join a long list of young footballers drawing comparisons with compatriot Lionel Messi. However the Argentinean is more at home on the wing and able to operate on either flank.
Iturbe spent the last season on loan at Hellas Verona, where he scored eight goals and grabbed four assists. After a successful season, Verona exercised their option to purchase the wide man for €15million at the end of his loan spell.
But Iturbe’s move to Italy doesn’t mean the player cannot still move. In fact, it would seem that Verona only signed to 20-year-old in order to sell him on for more, hopefully at double the fee.
Verona seem keen to sell, with director Sean Sogliano saying: "Iturbe? For me he is worth more than £24m.
"If we can sell at a figure to make a fortune for Verona he may leave, I do not know where he will go. I will only sit down with those who really want him."
Should he make the move to Madrid, he may initially be placed in the reserves with RM Castilla in order to gain regular playing time.
If Liverpool were to stump up the €24million necessary to bring the winger to Anfield, it is more than likely that he will be given a chance in the first team, alongside Raheem Sterling. Interestingly enough, Iturbe is capped at international level, making an appearance in a friendly match for Paraguay.
But after a falling out with the management, he declared for Argentina.
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