Liverpool Lead Chase for £35m Rated ‘New Lionel Messi’

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Anfield side told to fork out big sum for FC Porto youngster.

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Liverpool have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of young Argentine forward Juan Manuel Iturbe after prospective suitors Inter Milan pulled out of the race for the 20 year old according to Football Direct News.

The youngster has been dubbed the ‘Next Lionel Messi’ and has been enjoying his season long loan spell at Verona and is apparently a player FC Porto are willing to sell this summer, albeit only for a massive fee.

The Primeira Liga side have made a habit of cashing in on young talents and will look to bank in excess of £35m for Iturbe, a fee that may well scare off any interested parties this summer.

The youngster has been a regular in Andrea Mandorlini’s side this term, making 20 Serie A starts, but a move to the Premier League may prove more enticing to Iturbe than a permanent switch to Verona.

Should Brendan Rodgers secure a top four finish then a move to join the Merseyside club will be all the more tempting and a move for Iturbe will adhere to Liverpool’s youthful transfer policy and help boost the club’s options in the final third.

One imagines that both Fabio Borini and Iago Aspas could leave Liverpool in the summer and loaned in winger Victor Moses hasn’t done enough to warrant a permanent switch, hence the need to supplement the club’s attack.

Iturbe has scored five Serie A goals this term and is on the fringes of a first senior Argentine national team call-up.

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