​Juventus director Fabio Paratici says a deal for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain is still a long way off. 

Higuain, who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal, has emerged as a shock Juventus target after the departure of Alvaro Morata to Real Madrid and the possible exit of Simone Zaza to Wolfsburg. 

But Paratici has insisted that a deal for the Argentine forward is far off. 

“All the big clubs know that their top players can receive tempting offers,” Paratici was quoted saying on ​FourFourTwo.

“At Juve, for example, we have the [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Paul] Pogba interest from many clubs and are prepared for possible replacements. That is what Napoli would be doing as well, certainly.

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“However, Higuain for us is a distant thing. I hear that Napoli like more than one of our players, but I guarantee at this moment there are no offers and no negotiations.”

Paratici did reveal, however, that Juventus were after Higuain’s signature when he was still a Real Madrid player.

“We tried before Napoli to talk with Real but did not reach an agreement,” Paratici said.

“Because that failed, we didn’t approach him.”

Higuain fired Napoli to second place last season in a Serie A campaign where he scored a record 36 goals in 35 games. 

Should Juventus sign Higuain, the Argentina international will link-up with new signings Dani Alves, Mehdi Benatia and Miralem Pjanic — who signed from rivals Roma for £30m.

Napoli, meanwhile, have added defender Lorenzo Tonelli to their ranks from Empoli and are set to close a deal for Euro 2016 star Emanuele Giaccherini.