Hellas Verona star Juan Iturbe, dubbed ‘the next Messi’, has dominated the Italian press' headlines this summer as a number of clubs eye up the Argentine winger.
Only days after Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti declined an offer to buy the youngster for €30 million (£24m), Italian giants AC Milan are showing their hand by lining up a shock €25m (£20m) bid for the reported Liverpool target, despite their on-going problems.
According to Calciomercato, Iturbe, who joined the Italian outfit from Porto on a permanent deal in May, has been identified as Milan’s number one target this summer, as the Rossoneri need a big signing to get the fans back on side following a horrendous Serie A campaign.
The news of Milan’s summer plans could force Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to make an immediate decision regarding the 21-year-old.
The Reds have been looking at a number of players to add to their squad this summer, yet surprisingly the Anfield outfit have not made any serious plans in regards to signing an out-an-out winger.
Aside from Raheem Sterling and perhaps Philippe Coutinho, the Merseysiders lack natural attacking wingers and Hellas star Iturbe appears an ideal solution.
The Buenos Aires-born youngster scored eight goals and added four assists in 29 Serie A starts last season, yet it was his immense dribbling skills which stood out. His 99 successful dribbles were a club high, and it is a stat which tops Liverpool’s best – Luis Suarez with 93.
With Milan president Silvio Berlusconi giving their operation to sign the star the thumbs up, unless Liverpool are planning on acting now, it could be too late to see whether ‘the next Messi’ really does live up to the hype in the Premier League.