Allegri would welcome Higuain with open arms

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri would relish the potential arrival of Gonzalo Higuain and is keen for Paul Pogba to stay put.

Massimiliano Allegri would welcome Gonzalo Higuain with open arms if the Napoli striker were to join Juventus.

The Serie A champions are keen to sign a new striker following the departure of Alvaro Morata to Real Madrid and they have reportedly selected Higuain as the ideal replacement.

Sporting director Fabio Paratici revealed Friday that Juventus is indeed interested in signing the Argentina international, but stressed that a transfer is still far away at this stage.

Allegri is keeping a close eye on the situation and believes the former Real Madrid forward would be a fine addition.

“Great players are always welcome,” Allegri told reporters when asked about Juventus’ interest in the striker. “We need champions with a lot of quality to compete at the highest level.”

Paul Pogba, meanwhile, has been heavily linked with a move away from Juventus, with Manchester United supposedly keen to lure the Frenchman back to Old Trafford, but Allegri is hopeful the midfielder will stay put.

“The France internationals will return on Aug. 7. [Evra and Pogba] are both Juventus players and I hope they will stay,” Allegri said. “I am counting on Pogba.”

The original version of this story which was published by goal.com Serie A can be viewed here.

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