Liverpool Transfer News: Juan Iturbe Sparks Chelsea and Tottenham Battle

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

Verona's Juan Manuel Iturbe  celebrates after scoring, during a Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Verona at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)
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Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool will reportedly send scouts to watch Hellas Verona winger Juan Iturbe, who is currently on loan from FC Porto, when the Serie A side travel to face Lazio in Rome on Monday.

That's provided the 20-year-old can recover from a thigh injury, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail. Should he miss the fixture, Jones adds that the interested Premier League outfits will instead watch him against Udinese next weekend.

In March, beIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri noted that Real Madrid and Barcelona were intrigued by the youngster, showing just what a fine reputation he's developed in Europe thus far:

While Iturbe is currently only on loan in Italy from parent club Porto, Jones reports that the Serie A outfit intend to take up the option of purchasing his services permanently before selling him on for a quick profit in order to ease their financial woes.

Verona have been a revelation in Italy's top flight this season and currently sit seventh in the table.

Per Squawka, Iturbe has averaged more than one chance created in each of his 31 appearances and has scored six goals.

Brendan Rodgers will be one of those managers most eager to add to his squad following a hugely successful 2013-14 season which sees Liverpool still competing for the Premier League title. 

Sky Sports quotes the Northern Irishman after he recently voiced his views on the kind of standards he expects to see when it comes to the Reds' recruitment:

Once you put your ideas in place and once the players start to crack it, then we will have success. 

Money can't buy that. Teams spend a billion quid and it does not guarantee anything. We will be in the market for good and top players but there is more to it than that. The money is great and we will be in the market to compete but what is important is still having a vision of how you want the club to progress.

It is about coaching and man management and dealing with people, having a great staff, finding a cause for the players to fight for. All of that comes into it and that is something we have done in the period I have been here. The players believe in it and the work has got them the rewards.

Rodgers is known to be keen on Iturbe. It was even reported by Metro's Jamie Sanderson earlier in the season that the Liverpool chief may look to hijack Verona's summer investment and go straight to Porto for his £15 million-rated signature.

Goal Italia's Fabrizio Romano quotes Iturbe saying he's comfortable in Italian football, but he left an open end on what his future holds:

Liverpool will face strong competition for the prodigious South American star, who has declared to play internationally for his birth country of Argentina, despite growing up in Paraguay.

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There's even some slim possibility that Alejandro Sabella will take the creative speedster to this summer's World Cup, which may serve in increasing his profile and thus increasing the price Porto seek from his suitors.

England's bastions will get a better sense of their target's talents in the coming days when they see Iturbe first hand, with a summer of high prospects lying ahead of the prized asset.