Hellas Verona signs Iturbe on loan from Porto

Tony Mahoney
September 2, 2013
Hellas Verona signs Iturbe on loan from Porto

Hellas Verona has announced the loan signing of Porto's Argentine youngster Juan Manuel Iturbe.

The 20-year-old midfielder had been tailed by both Inter and Genoa, but the recently promoted Gialloblu have beaten the competition to sign the Argentina Under-20 international on a one-year deal. Andrea Mandorlini's outfit has also negotiated the right to make the transfer a permanent one for a reported fee of 8 million euros at the end of Iturbe's temporary switch.

The Veneto side has already captured a host of new players during the summer transfer period, including Luca Toni and Romulo from Fiorentina and Genoa's Bosko Jankovic, but Iturbe marks perhaps the most high-profile move since winning promotion from Serie B in May.

Iturbe has been touted as a star of the future for a number of years having broken into the Cerro Porteno first team soon after his 16th birthday and earning a move to Porto at the age of just 18. He spent the first half of 2013 on loan at River Plate, scoring three goals in 17 league appearances.