Napoli join race to sign Arsenal, Chelsea & Liverpool target

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Napoli have joined Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the race to sign highly-rated Porto winger Juan Iturbe.

The Daily Express reports how the 20-year-old Argentine - who has been dubbed the 'new Lionel Messi' - is currently enjoying a productive season-long loan spell in Italy with Hellas Verona, prompting admiring glances from the Serie 'A' outfit.

Rafa Benitez will face stiff competition for Iturbe's signature this summer, though, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger having held a long-term interest in the South American starlet, and reportedly planning a bid to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

Jose Mourinho is also believed to be monitoring Iturbe's development closely, and the Chelsea manager could use his former Porto connections to help lure the player to Stamford Bridge.

Brendan Rodgers completes the trio of Premier League coaches keeping tabs on the in-demand star, who has scored five goals and made two assists for Hellas Verona this season.

Liverpool boast a fearsome forward line with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in prolific form at Anfield in 2013/14, and the addition of Iturbe would add further firepower to the Merseyside club's ranks next campaign.

However, whilst Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool's reported interest remains just speculation at present, Napoli director Riccardo Bigon confirmed their intention to take him to Stadio San Paolo when the transfer window reopens in June.

"When it comes to Iturbe we just need to talk with Verona, as they have the option to buy him," he said. "[But] I don't hide that we are interested in him."

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