Juan Iturbe is generating a considerable amount of headlines this season, some about his performances but even more about his future.
The winger-cum-striker currently plays for Hellas Verona on loan from FC Porto, and he is enjoying a campaign that has seen him score five goals and provide two assists to date.
While those statistics may not set the pulses racing, at just 20, Iturbe has a lot to offer and plenty of time to improve. His innate talent is undeniable, and it has seen him linked with a whole host of Serie clubs along with Liverpool.
The Metro reported last week that Brendan Rodgers’ side had made contact with Porto to discuss a possible move for the Argentine. And just a few days ago, the player himself refused to rule anything out.
He did however reportedly say that his preference was to remain in Italy, so it may come as a slight disappointment that one Serie A giant has seemingly bowed out of the race to sign him.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola has published quotes from Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio that appear to rule his club out of the running for Iturbe.
“There is a player who Walter Mazzarri particularly liked. Exploded when he was really young, then lost it a bit but is now rediscovering his path,” Ausilio is quoted as saying.
“He has great quality but I think there are many clubs out there interested. Iturbe is not within our budget, so we do not want to create any expectations with our fans.”
So it appears that if Liverpool’s reported interest is true, they may have one less rival for Iturbe’s signature.