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Juan Iturbe's agent says he has interest from two Premier League clubs

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The agent of Juan Iturbe has claimed that two Premier League clubs are chasing the £18million-rated midfielder, with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all previously having been touted as suitors.

In a talkSPORT report carrying quotes from an interview with Gustavo Mascardi it is suggested that both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have had impressive reports regarding the 21-year-old's performances this season.

However, any interest out of Emirates Stadium and Anfield could spark Chelsea into action, as reports last year claimed that the Blues took a keen interest in his future before eventually moving to AS Roma from Porto via Hellas Verona in the summer.

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Giallorossi manager Rudi Garcia sanctioned an £18million move for the Argentine, but he has only started half of Roma's matches in Serie A this season. Mascardi believes he has concrete interest coming out of the Premier League and could even have Roma at least recoup their expenditure on him.

"There are two teams in England who want him and would be willing to pay the fee that Roma did for him," he is quoted as telling Radio Crc.

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Where Is He Needed?

Despite the limited playing time, and a return of only two goals this season, the report suggests Rome would be loath to let Iturbe leave this summer owing to the vast potential he has shown over the past year.

A talented attacker, the former River Plate loanee has the ability to play across the front line or out wide in midfield. Though there are legitimate questions over whether Arsenal and Chelsea would need or even want him.

Wenger has more attacking options as he has done for many a season and his midfield department is stocked with creative talent, while Jose Mourinho has an abundance of attackers to play the supporting cast of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.

Sterling Conundrum

Liverpool, however, may be in need of some further creative influence come the summer, especially as there is plenty of doubt around regarding the future of Raheem Sterling. The young playmaker has decided to reject the latest contract offer from the Reds and will not discuss an extension until the summer.

Can you blame him? Not really. Perhaps if you support Liverpool you will feel he should show more loyalty to the club, but that doesn't wash. He has only been there a handful of years since joining from QPR, it's not like he's a Merseysider.

He moved to Anfield because he knew it would boost his development, now he is arguably the most important player in the squad and knows he can get more elsewhere. Why on earth would he commit to a contract halfway through this season? Any sane person would wait a few weeks to see what happened.

Champions League qualification feels like the only thing Brendan Rodgers can acquire to convince the 20-year-old to stay on with Liverpool. Sterling has had a taste of the big time and wants more, it's understandable he's stalling. Besides, the way Manchester City are playing at the moment it doesn't look to big a task for Liverpool.

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