Juan Iturbe to Roma: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 16, 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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Updates from Thursday, July 17

Roma's official Twitter account provides a look at Juan Iturbe's meeting with manager Rudi Garcia:

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Roma have announced the signing of 21-year-old Juan Iturbe following a turbulent period of speculation over the youngster's Serie A future.   

According to Football Italia, Iturbe has moved to the capital from Hellas Verona for a fee of €22 million (£17.5 million), signing a five-year contract which ties him to the club until 2019.

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Iturbe spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan from Porto, and Verona opted to activate the purchase clause in his contract in May, signing the attacker for €15 million.

It's a quick turnaround of profit on the club's behalf, and We Play's Nikolas Postinger reports that Juventus may have signed the starlet themselves, were it not for Antonio Conte's unexpected exit from the Serie A champions earlier this week:

Despite early indications that he would represent Paraguay internationally, Iturbe has made moves through the Argentina youth ranks in recent years, earning comparisons with compatriot and 2014 World Cup Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi.

Speaking in advance of the deal being agreed, beIN Sports' Matteo Bonetti spoke of his excitement at the potential forward line-up that the Giallorossi now have emerging:

At Roma, the Buenos Aires-born forward will hope to help the club improve upon last season's second-place finish, seeking to break Juve's grip on the Scudetto, which they've won the last three seasons.

Iturbe's acquisition shows that the capital club are adamant to do just that, and Conte's decision to exit the Turin giants may well provide the destabilisation needed to do so.

Roma fans will be particularly encouraged by the swift fashion in which the transfer has been tied up, hoping that more signings of the same quality and potential may follow before the 2014-15 campaign gets underway.