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Juan Iturbe looks set to leave Bournemouth

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Juan Iturbe has seen his chances limited at Bournemouth this season.

Bournemouth fans rejoiced as their club signed Juan Iturbe on loan in the January transfer window. The contract is said to have included an option to buy in the Summer, and this is where it gets interesting.

La Republica claim that The Cherries are obliged to buy Iturbe if they retain their Premier League status, whilst Il Tempo reports that he has to play at least 10 games and score a minimum of one goal to trigger a contract extension.

Iturbe has played barely 56 minutes of Premier League football since he joined Bournemouth, with two further appearances in the FA Cup, and Football-italia even suggests that Roma may look to off-load Iturbe back to his previous club - Porto in the summer in the event that his move to Bournemouth doesn't become permanent.

Iturbe arrived at The Stadio Olimpico in 2014 with a large price tag - £17.4 million, but he has not lived up to the massive hype surrounding him. He was, in fact, heralded as the 'new Lionel Messi' - a tag he has had since his youth days, and as Sky Sports reported, one he still held when he arrived in Bournemouth. The player is, however, still only 22-years-old, so it's too early to write him off just yet. 

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