Juventus chief admits club are prepared for Pogba & Bonucci exits

Reports suggest that the France international’s move to Manchester United could be completed this weekend, while Manchester City have had a bid rejected for the centre-back

Juventus have already targeted replacements for Paul Pogba and Leonardo Bonucci, according to the Serie A champions’ director Fabio Paratici.

Reports are suggesting that Pogba’s £100 million move to Manchester United could be completed this weekend, while Manchester City have already had a £43m bid for Bonucci rejected by Juventus.

The Serie A champions have been linked with a deal for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, but Paratici insists the chances of a transfer are “distant”.

“All the big clubs know that their top players can receive tempting offers,” he said.

“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.

“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.”

Higuain starred in Serie A last season, scoring a record 36 goals in 35 games as Napoli finished second.

Paratici revealed Juve were interested in the forward before he joined Napoli from Real Madrid in 2013.

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

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

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