Sky Italia has claimed that the Spanish giants have stolen a march in the race to sign highly rated Juan Iturbe.
Plenty of Argentine players have been nicknamed the ‘next Messi’ over recent years, with the latest to receive the ominous comparison being Juan Iturbe.
The skillful attacking midfielder has been a star for Hellas Verona this season while on loan in Serie A, with suitors queuing up to sign him from parent club Porto.
The report states that Santiago Bernabeu president Florentino Perez has already met with the Argentine’s agent Gustavo Mascardi recently to discuss a potential summer deal.
The 20-year-old has other major European sides on his case and as such Liverpool would be pulling off a major coup to land Iturbe in the off-season.
Brendan Rodgers has shown how he can get the best out of raw talent with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, with Iturbe potentially the next player with potential that the Northern Irishman takes to the next level.