Liverpool losing ground in race for €15m Iturbe - report

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Liverpool appear to falling behind in the race for Juan Iturbe.

A winger of considerable class appears high on Brendan Rodgers’ list of priorities on the transfer market, the ultimately doomed January quest for Yevhen Konoplyanka serving as a prime example.

The Ukrainian slipped out of the Reds’ grasp as a deal agonisingly couldn’t be completed ahead of the deadline, Dnipro’s trickster left to see out the season in his homeland.

Though Liverpool were previously invited to return for Konoplyanka in the summer the situation seems to have taken yet another twist, the president of his current club lambasting the Merseysiders on Monday and insisting he’d rather sell his prize asset to Tottenham.

Luckily for those in the Anfield camp, management already appeared to have another target in mind - Hellas Verona’s impressive on-loan Argentine Juan Iturbe.

Yet whilst reports in England have suggested that the Reds have made definitive progress in their reported pursuit of the 20-year-old, the latest from Italy has placed Rodgers’ men further back in the queue.

According to Panorama, Serie A giants AS Roma sit in pole position for the youngster’s services, having established contact with agent Gustavo Mascardi as far back as November.

Talks between the Giallorossi and Verona will not formally commence until the latter are able to activate the €15m option to buy clause agreed with Porto at season’s end.

But the online edition of the Milan-based magazine has further maintained that Roma’s January sale of Marquinho to the Scaglieri has served as a good-faith initiative to grease the skids on a deal.

As well, the capital club are believed to be willing to offer co-ownership of young talents such as Tonny Sanabria and Nico Lopez to Verona to lower Iturbe’s fee and replenish the Bentegodi outfit’s ranks.

If Roma’s dealings for Iturbe are as developed as claimed by the Italian media, it seems Liverpool may be soon moving on to yet another target to bolster their options out wide.

The Argentine has previously admitted that he would prefer to stay in Serie A and clubs in the peninsula were always going to have an advantage in negotiations, having been alerted to his rise this term ahead of their foreign counterparts.

So perhaps Iturbe will become the latest to elude the Reds, their big break yet to come on the transfer market as Rodgers looks to improve a squad already functioning at a high level.

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