AC Milan have entered the Juan Iturbe sweepstakes on the back of a potential management change.
The Hellas Verona man had only just been linked with a move to Barcelona on Monday, having been paired with Liverpool in November and along with being an enduring object of interest for Atletico Madrid and AS Roma.
Attention from around the continent hasn’t been a shortage for the Porto-owned winger, dubbed the ‘new Messi’ by the Argentine media, who’s revived his promising career after initially struggling upon his arrival in Europe aged just 18 in June 2011.
Three goals and a catalogue of impressive performances in the Italian top flight have him in high demand, yet his future remains in question given that the Portuguese giants hold the rights to his card.
The Camp Nou certainly appears to be a destination that would suit the 20-year-old, as the Catalan giants could likely afford to pay his ever-rising transfer fee and play a brand of football suited to his game, but Milan have now been thrust into the frame as another suitor.
Sky Italia have maintained that Hellas Verona sporting director Sean Sogliano would be keen to bring the youngster to San Siro with him should he make the switch to the Rossoneri.
Sogliano has been highlighted as a favourite to replace Milan counterpart Ariedo Braida as the famed northern outfit are in the midst of a management shake up, and in turn could hold sway in the convincing both his prospective new employers and Iturbe to come together.
The operation wouldn’t necessarily be easy, as owner Silvio Berlusconi isn’t inclined to spend large sums on the transfer market as he once did, but Sogliano nonetheless would represent an important advantage for Milan in dealings for the Argentine.
The news comes as a further blow for Liverpool as they face mounting competition in the race to secure Iturbe’s services, now up against the likes of Barcelona and Milan, whilst the issue of needing to sort out the 20-year-old’s loan status looms in the background.
Hellas Verona, enjoying a brilliant Serie A campaign in sixth place after just receiving promotion for this season, are not to be forgotten as an important part of the equation, as they’ll be keen to see Iturbe remain until his temporary deal at the Stadio Bentegodi expires next summer.
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