Juan Iturbe completes transfer to Roma, signs 5-year contract

July 16, 4:35 PM

Argentinian winger Juan Iturbe was in Rome on Wednesday to complete his transfer from Hellas Verona to Roma and sign a 5-year deal with his new club.

Iturbe, 21, scored eight goals and four assists in 33 appearances last season. Once dubbed "the new Messi" by his countrymen, Iturbe recorded three goals and one assist in his final five caps at Hellas Verona, showing some of the potential his nickname suggests.

July 17, 9:50 AM

PHOTO: Juan Iturbe unveiled by Roma

July 17, 9:50 AM

The first domino from Juventus' shocking managerial change has fallen.

The defending Serie A champions looked destined to land Verona attacker Juan Iturbe for much of the transfer window, with numerous reports claiming that the deal was all but completed.

Two days after manager Antonio Conte resigned, the young Argentine was officially unveiled by his new club, AS Roma. 

The BBC reports that the deal is worth £17.4 million, and could increase a further £2 million based on Iturbe's performance this season.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Alessandro Garofalo