6 Nov 2013

Done Deal? - LFC agree €16m fee for South American attacker who rejected Barca

In October, multiple sources - including Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato, and Portuguese daily A Bola -
claimed that Liverpool are tracking Porto attacker Juan Iturbe, the latest in a long-ling of forward players to tediously labelled the 'new Lionel Messi'. Speculation over the Argentine star's future has intensified this week, and the Reds are reportedly close to agreeing a deal.

According to Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato today:

* Liverpool have agreed a €16m fee with Hellas Verona for the 20-year old.

* The deal is expected to be solidified (behind the scenes) this month.

* The signing would actually take place in June 2014.

Manchester United reportedly put in a £10m bid for the youngster prior to his move to Porto, and former United boss Alex Ferguson saw Iturbe as a 'natural successor to Ryan Giggs'. A few more facts:

* Iturbe rejected a move to Barcelona in 2010, opting to join Portuguese giants Porto instead.

* Part of the Argentina "sparring" squad, formed by the most promising youth players in Argentina, taken to the 2010 FIFA World Cup to train with the senior squad.

* Chose to play for Argentina at the U-20 level.

* Part of the 20 player squad for the 2011 South American U-20 South American championship, during which he scored the winning goal against Brazil.

Stats for the last three years:

2013-14: 3 goals/1 assist in 9 apps (so far)
2011-13: 3 goals/2 assists in 18 apps.
2011-12: 6 goals/2 assists in 32 apps.



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