If Liverpool carry on at the rate they’re going, they’ll have been linked with every young winger on the planet, professional or otherwise, by Christmas.
Porto’s Juan Iturbe is the latest off the conveyor belt, a player the Reds are allegedly so keen on they’ve actually opened talks with the Portuguese behemoths over a potential transfer.
A price of 4/1 says Brendan Rodgers’ exciting side can cope without the wide man they crave and win the Premier League crown with both Manchester factions removed from the reckoning.
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The 20-year-old has caught the eye in Serie A this season, lighting things up for Verona, for whom he’s scored five goals in 22 appearances.
So impressive has his form been that the Italian side are vying to make the switch permanent, though Liverpool have superior pulling power with the Champions League football they’re almost certainly going to be playing next season, as their 7/100 price to finish in the top-four suggests.
Valued around the £15m mark, the Reds have got more than enough money to snare the Argentine speedster, having bid similar figures for the likes of Yevhen Konoplyanka and Mohamed Salah in recent months.
Formerly linked to Real Madrid, the wide man is a versatile player who can operate successfully on either flank, off the front or as a striker and has been compared to Lionel Messi in the past, though this link is based on their similar physicality and shared nationality as opposed to a comparable ability.
Still, he would surely be a useful asset as Liverpool look to improve upon an impressive effort next term.
In addition to his five league goals, he’s created two more and, a keen dribbler, he runs with the ball at an average of 2.7 times per outing.