Juventus have reached an agreement to sign Juan Iturbe from Hellas Verona
The Serie A giants have been in talks with Iturbe as well as his club since the transfer window officially opened and have now negotiated a deal for a sum in the region of €25m plus a further €2m in add-ons.
Porto sent Iturbe on loan to Verona last season and the Serie A outfit decided to make his move permanent in May for £12m – with the player scoring eight goals and grabbing four assists in 33 league appearances.
The 21 year old was in fantastic form last season for the promoted Hellas Verona and was an instrumental part in the team’s impressive tenth placed finish. He attracted a lot of interest from clubs all over Europe and was constantly linked with Liverpool. It was reported that Brendan Rodgers thought of him as an ideal addition to the Merseyside club, as he prepares his side for another successful campaign. Iturbe also attracted Arsene Wenger’s interest from the Premier League. Juventus’ rivals AC Milan have also shown interest in the player and it was also thought that the player was himself considering a move to Milan. Last season’s La Liga winners and Champions League runners up Atletico Madrid were set to offer €25m plus striker Leo Baptistao for
According to reports, Juventus were not ready to pay more than €15m for Iturbe initially and had their eyes set on Barcelona’s Alexis Sánchez, who was also thought to be interested in a move back to Italy. But the Chile international is inching closer to a move to Arsenal and Juventus have thus decided to get Iturbe at a slightly extravagant cost.
Mostly deployed as a right wing forward, the 21 year old has been dubbed as the new Lionel Messi, and has certainly proved over the course of last season, why he has drawn comparisons to compatriot Lionel Messi. He is pacey and a good dribbler. His movement has especially caught the eye as he has a knack of unlocking defences with ease.
Apparently, Juve coach Antonio Conte is an admirer of the Argentine and he personally called the young star to persuade him to join the Italian giants. Goal.com report: ‘Iturbe met Verona sporting director Sean Sogliano and Juve’s equivalent Fabio Guild on Wednesday morning and expressed his desire to push through a move as swiftly as possible.’
Juventus are hoping to unveil the player ahead of pre-season. This deal also might indicate some Juventus players going the opposite way as Hellas Verona are interested in some of them, namely Fabio Quagliarella and Federico Peluso. An amicable understanding between the clubs could mean one of the two, or perhaps even both the players heading the opposite way. Verona would certainly benefit from the addition as they would want to sustain last season’s great effort and look to finish in a respectable position next season as well.