Report: Juventus close in on €27m signing of Liverpool-linked 'next Messi'

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Whilst speculation links Juventus with a move to sign Manchester United's Patrice Evra, they have all but signed Juan Iturbe from Verona.

Juventus have won the Serie A title for three straight seasons, losing just twice last year and racking up 102 points in the process. That may seem like the ideal situation for any club, but not for Antonio Conte's men. The Turin side have struggled to make an impact in European football of late, crashing out in the group stage of the Champions League last season before losing to Benfica in the semi-final of the Europa League.

That has led to Conte demanding improvements for his squad, and that will almost certainly include Evra. The Manchester United defender has reportedly asked to leave Old Trafford after the signing of Southampton left back Luke Shaw, with the Frenchman hoping to push through a move to Italy in order to become Juve's new starting left back.

However, the big improvements need to come at the other end of the pitch, and they seem to be closing in on the signing of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata - and could be on the verge of completing the signing of a player who has been labelled as 'the next Lionel Messi'.

Juan Iturbe spent the season on loan at Verona from Porto, but after a superb season in Serie A, they chose to buy him permanently - with the intention of selling him on straight away for a massive profit. The likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and even Premier League side Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move to sign the 21-year-old speedster, but reports today suggest that Juve have all but wrapped a deal up.

A €25m (£20m) deal has been agreed up front, whilst the Turin side will also agree to pay €2m (£1.6m) in add-ons over the course of his stay with the club. 

Iturbe is now expected to form part of a stunning three-pronged attack for Conte's men, alongside the aforementioned Morata and Iturbe's compatriot Carlos Tevez as Juve make the big moves to try and succeed in the Champions League next season.

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