Chelsea & Liverpool handed boost in Iturbe transfer chase

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Premier League duo Chelsea and Liverpool appear to have been handed a potential boost in the race to sign Juan Manuel Iturbe, with Verona's director general Giovanni Gardini having conceded that he is unsure if the playmaker starlet will continue at the club beyond the summer.

Both aforementioned Premier League clubs - as well as rivals Arsenal - have been credited with an interest in Iturbe, who is due to complete a permanent £12 million switch to the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi from parent club Porto at the end of the season.

And while the deal to take him to Verona on a full-time basis has already been struck, it looks as if the possibility exists that the Serie A outfit could sell him on shortly afterward.

"If Iturbe will continue in Verona? I do not know. He is a great player whoI admire a lot and I would like [him] to continue, but the big European clubs are not blind," Gardini told Italian TV in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.

"First we will complete the deal and then we will see what will be best for everyone."

A former Argentina youth international who also made an appearance for Paraguay, Iturbe first arrived in European football in 2010 after joining Porto from Paraguayan Primera División title contenders Cerro Porteno.

While he has never really had the opportunity to make much of an impact in Portugal, Iturbe impressed during a temporary stint back in South America with River Plate and he has since gone on to become an integral figure for Verona under the management of
Andrea Mandorlini.

Still just 20-years-old, it is certainly not difficult to see why there is such interest building in Iturbe, with Liverpool and Chelsea in particular both expected to make additions to their respective squads this summer.

Both Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers can currently boast impressive attacking units, but Iturbe would certainly bolster both manager's options if he were indeed to be sold by Verona.

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