Exciting Liverpool target could be heading to... Barcelona?

Liverpool linked Juan Iturbe has been linked with Barcelona.

There is no question about the breakout name in Serie A this season - Juan Iturbe.

The problem is the Hellas Verona man is on loan from Porto and there is no guarantee he will be playing in Italy next season.

The better he plays, the more teams join the race for his signature - and with his price shooting up there is little chance of Verona being able to afford him.

Rumours in November were abound that Liverpool were interested in the exciting winger - dubbed the 'next Lionel Messi' as a teenager.

Now 20, the Argentine could be linking up with the real Messi, amid reports in Italy that Barcelona are interested in his services.

It is reported that manager Tata Martino is a fan, while Atletico Madrid and AS Roma have also been checking out the young talent.

Convincing Iturbe to snub Barcelona would be an uphill task for Liverpool, but they do have one thing in their favour.

All they need to do is point to the example of Coutinho. An exciting talent at the same stage of his career as Iturbe, who found Inter Milan wasn't right for him.

Liverpool, thanks to Brendan Rodgers' experience of working with young players, have helped him blossom into one of the Premier League's most exciting players to watch.

If Liverpool do go in for him and make an offer, they should not feel intimidated by Barcelona's interest, as potentially they could offer him a quicker route to first team football.

Move to Barcelona too soon and he could regret it - even proven stars have suffered, like Alex Song when he left Arsenal. All is not lost for the Reds just yet.

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