By Romeo Agresti
Juventus are ready to begin their summer recruitment drive and have identified Juan Iturbe as one of their top targets.
The 21-year-old Argentine winger is attracting suitors from all over Serie A after a fine season at Verona, with Roma and Milan also interested in the former Cerro Porteno and Porto youngster.
Real Madrid have long shown an interest in the youth international, who was raised in Paraguay, but the Spanish champions are believed to be focusing their attentions elsewhere this month.
After struggling to break into the Porto side, Iturbe had a largely disappointing time on loan back in his homeland with River Plate last year but was a revelation in Serie A this term, hitting eight goals in 29 starts.
Reigning champions Juve are now hoping to wrap up a deal by tabling an offer of €20 million [£16m] plus Fabio Quagliarella. If Verona don’t accept, Juve will instead offer a deal including defender Federico Peluso.
Officials from the two clubs are set to meet in the coming hours in the hope of thrashing out a deal - but the Old Lady will be faced with competition in the form of AC Milan.
New coach Filippo Inzaghi is keen to add some more creativity to his frontline following the mutual termination of Kaka's contract, with the Brazilian's departure freeing up funds for a big-money transfer.