Liverpool face Roma battle to sign the 'new Messi'

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It appears as if Liverpool will face yet more Italian competition for the signing of Juan Manuel Iturbe, with reports suggesting that AS Roma are plotting a move for the man dubbed 'the new Messi'

20-year-old Iturbe, who is currently on loan with Serie A newcomers Hellas Verona from Primeira Liga outfit FC Porto, has evidently impressed during his short stint at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

The former River Plate playmaker - who has netted two goals in eight appearances so far this season - has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, with Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool reportedly keen to sign Iturbe to boost their attacking options.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Reds would have to battle both Verona and Inter Milan for the player's signature.

However, it now appears as if the list of potential suitors for the former Paraguay international grows even longer.

According to reports in Italy cited by talkSPORT, Roma are now leading the race for Iturbe, who is reportedly valued at the £11.75 million mark. 

Rudi Garcia's men have enjoyed a tremendous start to the new campaign and currently sit proudly atop of the Serie A standings after amassing 10 wins and 32 points from their opening 12 fixtures of the 2013/14 campaign.

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