Arsenal and Liverpool are believed to be the two English clubs interested in signing Roma’s Juan Iturbe.

According to the player’s agent he has a pair of English club’s interested in the winger whom he says probably won’t be going anywhere anyway.

Because of his comments, the press are now claiming that Arsenal (and Liverpool) are ready to pay £22m for the player, none of which really adds up.

Roma’s forward from Argentina Juan Iturbe reacts during the Italian Serie A football match Roma vs Sampdoria at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on March 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

For a start, £22m was the price Roma paid for the player in the summer so it’s hardly feasible that they would let him go for the same amount, despite what the agent said.

Then you have the statement itself from Gustavo Mascardi, who told Radio Crc “I think he’ll stay at Roma next year.

“[But] there are two teams in England who want him and would be willing to pay the fee that Roma did for him.”

All of which has us believing that this is an agent just doing what agents like to do – generate publicity for their clients.

That being said, he is a young winger who plays on the right (Hello Theo!) so it would make sense that Arsenal could be interested in him, but the whole thing all seems rather odd and I wouldn’t think it’s anything to get too excited about.

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