Tuesday July 15 2014
Benfica join Iturbe race

Benfica have joined the race to sign Juan Iturbe from Verona, fighting Juventus, Milan, Roma and Atletico Madrid.

The Argentina forward flew in to Rome’s Fiumicino airport this evening from his vacation in South America and was met by a car provided by Hellas Verona.

However, he is not expected to be at pre-season training with the rest of the squad tomorrow morning.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Benfica are the latest club to join the bidding war for €30m-rated Iturbe.

The Portuguese side have cash at their disposal after selling Lazar Markovic to Liverpool today.

Atletico Madrid also remain in the running, but Juventus risk dropping out after Antonio Conte’s shock resignation this evening.

Roma and Milan can now push harder than before, knowing Juve are a less attractive prospect without Conte at the helm and currently no clue who will be the new Coach.

Benfica have a problem in this move, as Iturbe only left Porto a year ago for Verona and won't want a return to Portugal so soon.

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