Juan Manuel Iturbe is just one of many players to have been labelled ‘the new Lionel Messi’.
If it is purely down to the country of his both – Argentina – then the moniker is even more lazy than normal. But in truth the 20-year-old winger-cum-forward also possesses a natural talent that could see him if not emulate then certainly reach a rung or two below the Barcelona man’s mercurial level.
Able to play anywhere across the front-line, Iturbe was reporetedly seen as an ideal alternative to the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, but a player who could also play with them to form an even more effective attacking team.
Currently on loan at Hellas Verona, it appears his time at parent-club Porto is now very much at an end.
Speaking to TMW, the player’s agent Gustavo Mascardi is reported to have said, “His experience at Porto is over and he has absolutely no intention of returning.
“We’ll make sure Verona take up their option, either with the support of a big club or a financial fund. It won’t be a problem.”
Although Mascardi then suggested another Serie A club could in fact be the player’s next destination, when he added, “Roma? At the moment there is nothing concrete, but I’d be a liar if I denied Roma would be a good destination.”
Unable to move until the summer, for now Iturbe will remain on loan at Verona. But seemingly at the end of his time in Portugal, Liverpool may be wise to put in an offer of their own. After all, you can never have enough ‘new Messis’.
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