Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri quiet on Gonzalo Higuain, Paul Pogba

Massimiliano Allegri praised the Melbourne Victory for their performance against Juventus.

Carlos Blanco’s stunner for Juventus was in vain as Melbourne Victory downed Juve 4-3 on penalties.

The ESPN FC crew discuss the value of Serie A record goal scorer Gonzalo Higuain.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has declined to confirm whether Gonzalo Higuain has had a medical with the Italian champions and refused to answer questions on Paul Pogba’s potential move to Manchester United.

Sky Sport Italia has reported that Juve have agreed to meet the €94.7 million release clause in Napoli striker Higuain’s contract and that the 28-year-old underwent a medical in Madrid on Friday.

Asked about the rumours after Juve’s penalty shootout defeat to Melbourne Victory on Saturday, Allegri said only: “I don’t talk about transfer news. The only thing I can talk about tonight is the game.”

Allegri also declined to offer any updates on the progress of midfielder Pogba’s transfer to United.

“As I said before, I’m not going to talk about transfer news,” he said. “We just had a game. I’m not sure what’s happened in the transfer market during the last few days, so once again I prefer to have questions during the game.”

Allegri’s side were short of big names against the A-League team but the coach confirmed that Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia would be available for Tuesday’s match against Tottenham after being rested.

He added: “It was a decent workout for us. I’m happy with how our youngsters performed this evening.”

On Carlos Blanco’s stunning opening goal for Juve, he said: “He’s got good feet and scored a splendid goal.”

Dan is ESPN FC’s Tottenham correspondent. Follow him @Dan_KP or on Facebook.

The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.

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