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'Next Messi' wanted by Manchester United seals loan to Italy

One-time Manchester United target Juan Iturbe has sealed a loan transfer to Hellas Verona.

A couple of years ago Juan Iturbe was among the most sought after teenagers in world football.

His dazzling displays in South America for Paraguayan side Cerro Porteno as a 17-year-old marked him out as one-to-watch, with an international tug of war going on for his services.

He spent time training with Quilmes in his homeland, with several top European clubs interested.

The Mirror described Iturbe as the 'next Lionel Messi', claiming he was a top target of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2011.

"Although born in Argentina, Iturbe, seen by Fergie as a natural successor to Ryan Giggs, was raised in Paraguay where he played for top side Cerre Porteno."

United did not see through their interest however, and Iturbe was signed by FC Porto.

Porto subsequently loaned him out to Argentine giants River Plate, and another loan is the latest story in Iturbe's career so far.

Now 20, Iturbe has only played six games in the Primeira Liga for Porto.

He has now been loaned out to Italian side Hellas Verona for the season, who were last season promoted into Serie A.

The deal has an €8 million option to buy, which gives Porto an out should they feel Iturbe is unlikely to make it into the star he was once touted to be.

Any Manchester United fans who remember him being linked with the Red Devils may take an interest in his Italian adventure, to see whether he can show signs of become a world beater.

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