The Argentine has dazzled on loan with Hellas Verona Serie A this term to draw the attention of top clubs both in the peninsula and abroad.
A move away from parent club Porto is a foregone conclusion as the winger won’t be returning to the Estadio do Dragao in the summer – though the Portuguese giants will be keen to recoup a sizeable fee in light of his success with the Mastini.
Manchester United were linked even before he signed with Porto whilst Liverpool were tipped to make a move throughout the autumn – the failure to capture either Mohamed Salah or Yevhen Konoplyanka in January suggesting the Reds could swoop for Iturbe come July.
Yet after Verona’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Juventus on Sunday, the ‘new Messi’ fanned the flames of reported interest from the Bianconeri in speaking to the media.
“A future at Juventus?” he said. “They are the best team in Serie A, who wouldn’t like that?”
Tuttosport have now claimed that the Old Lady had looked to start the process of acquiring the ‘new Messi’ for the summer – alongside closest title rivals Roma.
The newspaper has alleged that the clubs’ respective directors of sport – Beppe Marotta and Walter Sabatini – were keen to get the ball rolling last month but neither could gain any definitive advantage.
Porto have reportedly requested a fee in the region of €15m from Verona to sell their stake in the youngster – a sum the newly-promoted club would struggle to conjure up.
The possibility thus remains that financial assistance could arrive from suitors elsewhere – whether it be Liverpool, Juventus or Roma – in view of snapping up Iturbe via the Bentegodi outfit’s option to purchase him outright.
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