15 Mar 2014

Transfer Boost: 'Amazing' €15m attacker admits LFC transfer may be possible. Pursue...?

Earlier this week, Sky Sports Italia claimed that Liverpool are showing the 'most' interest in signing Porto attacker Juan Iturbe, but what does the Argentine think of a potential move to Anfield?

On Tuesday, Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Dimarzio claimed that lots of 'big European clubs' are watching Iturbe, but insisted that Liverpool want him the most. He observed:

"Juventus are watching him, as are Inter Milan and Roma, but Liverpool is the most interested team. Porto have set Iturbe's transfer fee at €15m"

When asked last night about Liverpool's interest, Iturbe told another of Sky Sports Italia's Journalists:

Iturbe is obviously playing the game here. He's not going to admit in public that he wants to leave, so he pledges lifetime allegiance to 'Italy', but also opens up the possibility of leaving.

Info about 20-year old 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: 6 goals/2 assist in 23 apps (so far)
2012-13: 3 goals/2 assists in 18 apps.
2011-12: 6 goals/2 assists in 32 apps.

In December, Verona boss Andrea Mandorlini hailed Iturbe's 'incredible quality', and outlined the attacker's strengths on the field. He told Tutto Mercato:

"Iturbe [is] good enough for the big clubs. [He has] amazing quality and is a good guy. Iturbe's strengths are technical quality, impressive speed, and game intelligence. He's a great player"



  1. I am not very familiar with him, but if he's someone who can pressure Coutinho playing in the wings and 10 position based on the formations we tend to play, that would be great. Coutinho has bee frustrating to watch this season, when people call to get him dropped from the starting 11 he plays well, when you expect him to play well, he has on off day.

    There's also Suso and Borini to come back from loan spells, I personally would love those 2 be given a chance next season.

    If we can duplicate how quickly we did our business this past summer, but this time getting players who will actually influence our first team, that would be great. A little frustrated with not seeing more of L. Alberto, felt he was a decent player even with limited appearances, Aspas looks more of a squad/cover player at best.

  2. Might be good, but in last 2 seasons, he hasn't featured much for Porto. He had been loaned to River Plate (A former giant indeed, but now at 17th place in Argentine league) & Verona (Last year promoted to Seria A & struggling) & yet to be called for the Arges. He is just about 170 CM & I am not sure how fast he could be with ball. There are lot of Latin players with natural flair but not necessarily all of them 'll suit in England.

    If it's one winger, I 'll pick the Sociodad French boy - Antonio Greizzman. From a winger position, he is 3rd in La Liga scorer tally, after CR & Costa.

  3. Nice match at Villa Park...every little bit helps. Good to see Ramires get sent off. He should get sent off more often...dirty player with a mean streak.

  4. Fabian Delph's one of my favourite midfielders at the moment. He's got so much game! Would love to see him play for England some day. Great result for LFC, makes tomorrow's game all the more exciting... can't wait.