Roma have reportedly signed the highly-touted Juan Iturbe from Hellas Verona. Juventus were close to completing a deal involving the two parties, but the Giallorossi hijacked the bid once Antonio Conte resigned as manager.
According to TuttoMercatoWeb.com, Iturbe will sign a five-year deal, with a transfer fee of approximately €31 million ($42 million) including bonuses. All that remains is for Roma to confirm the transfer, which is expected soon.
Roma will pay Hellas Verona €22M + €2.5M in bonuses.— Serie A News (@TransfersCalcio) July 16, 2014
Roma will also have to pay Mascardi €7-8M. He owned 10% of the players rights. So Roma will pay in total €31.5M + €2.5M in bonuses.— Serie A News (@TransfersCalcio) July 16, 2014
SB Nation claims that the 21-year-old Argentine has been spotted around Trigoria, Roma's training ground, which Gianluca Di Marzio claims is related to a medical examination. Once Iturbe has finished that, the deal will then be announced by the Roman side.
Iturbe is one of the most in-demand attackers in Europe. He recorded eight goals and four assists in 33 appearances with Verona this past season in Serie A, per Whoscored.com. He was on loan from Portuguese club FC Porto for one year.
As a result of his brilliant performances, Hellas ponied up €15 million ($20 million) to buy him permanently from Porto, per Sky Sports. There was a clause in the loan deal to allow that move to happen. The next step was to then sell Iturbe to the highest bidder.
Iturbe is a player that would fit in well at Roma. He's a diminutive, fast and technical player that is very strong in dead ball situations. He was one of the main free kick takers during this past Serie A campaign.
Still think we may have one big departure - probably Ljajic - and another CB or two come in, but this squad is shaping up very nicely now.— Julian of Martinis (@JulianDM11) July 16, 2014