Argentine star Juan Iturbe – often dubbed ‘the next Messi’ – is edging closer to a Hellas Verona exit, with Liverpool still touted as a possible destination.
The Serie A club seem resigned to losing their star player, and their boss Andrea Mandorlini hinted as such as he spoke to the press over the situation.
“Iturbe? I don’t where he will go, I wish him the best. He improved a lot. What are the teams most suitable for him? He can go in any team. Romulo? He did well too. We will lose these players but we want to do well and have another important season.” He said, quoted by Italian Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old’s destination was thought to be the Spanish capital, as Hellas Verona offered Real Madrid the chance to sign the winger two weeks ago.
Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti, however, allegedly declined the opportunity as the Italian felt he was already well equipped in the wide areas.
Milan were said to be the next club involved, yet with the Serie A giants in the midst of big changes this summer, it could leave Liverpool with a clear path to sign the €25m-rated winger.
Juan Iturbe would be a fine addition to the Reds squad, with his pace and playing style made for a team in the mould of Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy.
Over the course of last season, the former River Plate star recorded an incredible 99 successful dribbles in 29 Serie A starts, a statistic which puts the likes of Raheem Sterling and Coutinho to shame.
There is no denying that another wide player is needed on Merseyside as the club look to juggle a Premier League title challenge with a European campaign, and Liverpool would certainly struggle to find one who is as exciting as Argentina’s ‘next Messi’ Juan Iturbe.