5 facts about Liverpool target Juan Iturbe

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Juan Iturbe has been impressing for Hellas Verona in Serie A this season, attracting a lot of interest.

Juan Iturbe is currently on loan at Hellas Verona from FC Porto and has so far scored two goals in his seven Serie A appearances. Liverpool are said to be watching the 20-year-old and may look to make a move for him in the future.

Having missed out on Willian, Diego Costa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the summer, Brendan Rodgers is still looking to strengthen his attacking options.

Juan Iturbe is relatively unknown to most of Europe so here are five facts about the attacker who may be on his way to Liverpool:

1) Juan has represented both Paraguay and Argentina at international level. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina but spent most of his life in Paraguay. He represented the youth teams for Paraguay before being capped aged 16 at the senior level. However, it was only a friendly so this doesn’t tie him down to the country. He has since declared himself for Argentina and gone on to score five in ten games for the Under-20’s side.

2) Iturbe made his professional debut aged 16 for Paraguayan Primera Division side Cerro Porteño. He scored five goals in 30 games for the club before agreeing to move to FC Porto on his 18th birthday.

3) From December 2012 to June 2013, Juan Iturbe played for Argentinian giants River Plate on loan. He scored three goals in 17 appearances for the side.

4) The deal which Verona have in place with FC Porto would allow them to sign Juan Iturbe for £11.75 million at the end of the season. As Verona may struggle to afford this, they could split his ownership rights with another Italian club. Inter Milan are the likely club to go into this deal.

5) In 2011 Sir Alex Ferguson was very keen on bringing Juan Iturbe to Manchester United immediately. However due to work permit problems, Fergie was convinced to allow him to move to Porto to allow him to gain a Portuguese passport. It looks like United may have missed out on a huge opportunity now.

Dubbed the “New Lionel Messi” by many, here is an example of what Iturbe can produce:

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