Liverpool have major rivals for £13m South American wing wizard

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Liverpool have reportedly joined unbeaten Serie A giants Roma in joining the growing cue of European clubs lining up a summer bid for on-loan Verona winger Juan Manuel Iturbe.

The 20-year-old has dazzled in Italy this year on a season-long loan at Verona from Porto, helping the promoted side become firmly established in Serie A with a consistent supply of assists for veteran striker Luca Toni.

Iturbe's fine form has been enough to attract the attention of Liverpool, who are actively looking for quality cover in the final third as they bid to become a Premier League title contender on a consistent basis once again.

Verona have the wide forward on loan until the end of the campaign but his long-term future with Porto remains very much in doubt, with The Mirror reporting that Portuguese publication A Bola have Roma and the Reds leading the chase for his signature.

Liverpool are reportedly prepared to try and persuade Porto that they should agree to a deal in January to fend off rival interest, with the Portuguese giants reportedly valuing one of South America's most exciting prospects at around £13m.

Brendan Rodgers is far from the only manager to sound out Porto over a potential swoop for Iturbe though, with AC Milan and Barcelona former rumoured suitors for the pacy playmaker.

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