Juventus boss Allegri would welcome Higuain with open arms

The Old Lady “need champions with a lot of quality” and the Argentine striker fits the bill, according to the coach who is also keen to hold onto Paul Pogba

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

The Serie A champions agreed a four-year contract with Gonzalo Higuain worth €7 million a year, Goal confirmed on Friday.

General director Giuseppe Marotta will meet with Napoli officials to discuss a potential deal in the coming days.

And Allegri believes the former Real Madrid forward would be a fine addition.

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“Higuain? 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 August 7. Both Evra and Pogba? They are both Juventus players and I hope they will stay,” Allegri added.

“I am counting on Pogba.”

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