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Iturbe in Fiorentina's sights

The viola are reportedly keen on securing the winger on loan with a view to a permanent move

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An exciting development in the calciomercato has emerged ahead of Sunday's mouthwatering season opener with AC Milan, as Sky Sport Italia report that Fiorentina are pursuing interest in winger Juan Manuel Iturbe. The 22 year old Argentinian signed for AS Roma just one year ago from Hellas Verona for a €22 million fee.

Despite having signed a contract until summer 2019, the player; who arrived full of promise and with a dazzling reputation struggled with injuries last season and looks set to get less playing time this time around with the arrivals of Edin Dzeko, Iago Falque and Mohamed Salah. Reports in the media suggest that Roma may be keen to broker a deal for Iturbe with Fiorentina in order to smooth over any conflict over their acquisition of Salah from Chelsea - however there could be some liberal use of artistic licence here.

One thing we can take as fact, however, is that Iturbe could fill the gap in the squad left by Salah's infamous departure. The viola have seen plenty of the player's qualities, including this wonder goal scored in Fiorentina's 4-3 victory over Hellas Verona in December 2013:

Although an enticing prospect in the transfer window, Fiorentina are said to be interested in a loan with an option to buy deal, whereas Iturbe's entourage would prefer a permanent contract, having already turned down a loan move to Genoa. Roma will inevitably want to recoup a sufficient proportion of the fee paid just last summer, so for now we will watch and wait to see this one play out.