Iturbe agent reiterates stance Liverpool and Chelsea won't want to hear

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Staying in Italy is still Juan Iturbe's top priority - according to his agent.

The Porto-owned winger has attracted considerable attention on loan at Hellas Verona this season.

As recently as last summer, Iturbe looked the latest to have been anointed the ‘new Messi’ at a young age and turn out a dud.

But his spell at the Stadio Bentegodi has got him back on track - and now the giants of Serie A, Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly hot on his tail.

The Argentine’s ownership situation still needs to be resolved. He won’t return to Porto, but Verona will need to shell out €15m for his rights - presumably to sell him on.

And Iturbe’s agent said on Tuesday afternoon he remains uncertain if the Scaglieri will take up their option to buy.

“This is an issue that concerns Hellas,” Isidoro Gimenez told Tutto Mercato Web. “Now we are waiting for information from Verona.

“Iturbe will stay in Veneto until May, then we’ll see if Hellas buy him.”

And sure enough, reports popped up soon after that Hellas had officially told Porto they will be paying Iturbe’s buy-out clause.

Both Hellas and Porto haven’t confirmed this, however, so the reality of the situation isn’t entirely clear.

But Gimenez hadn’t finished speaking and offered up a bit of extra information. Information Premier League clubs heard weeks ago from Iturbe himself, and didn’t want to hear again.

“At the moment Iturbe is with Verona yet it is undeniable that he is liked all over Europe, but the lad’s intention is to remain in Italy.

“He’s well settled, so staying in Serie A is first and foremost.”

Iturbe said in March that he would stay in Italy ‘for life’ if possible.

Unfortunately for Chelsea and Liverpool, the narrative doesn’t seem to be changing with the summer fast approaching.

Probably best for the pair to look elsewhere, as enticing as Iturbe is. The battle for the Argentine seems set to be contested among the Serie A elite for now.

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