FC Porto has a habit of bringing exciting young South Americans to Europe, Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez to name just two.
It appears that they've managed it yet again with 21-year-old Juan Iturbe. The Argentine spent three years with Porto before joining Hellas Verona and, almost immediately after that, switch to Roma.
Iturbe spent a season loan in Verona before that deal was made a permanent one. Two months later and he was off to the Italian capital, with Roma paying around £20 million to acquire his services.
He is an exciting winger who has potential to play through the middle, but with only three goals and three assists in 30 games for the Giallorossi, he still needs to improve if he wishes to play in a central role.
Although his goal and assist ratio is nothing to be excited about, there is still a great deal of potential. Iturbe is a very skilful player, has a lethal left foot and possesses a lot of pace. In many ways he is similar to Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Who has been linked?
Iturbe's agent confirmed that two Premier League clubs are interested in the Argentine and now there is much speculation about where the Argentina international may end up next after a roller-coaster year or so.
The agent did say, however that: "I think he'll stay at Roma next year."
Both Arsenal and Liverpool seem a natural fit for Iturbe, given the respective philosophies and ability to nurture that both mangers have. Iturbe certainly has the potential become a star, and let's hope the Premier League will be where he becomes a winger of some repute.
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