Allegri dodges transfer talk

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri was unwilling to comment on the future of Paul Pogba or the potential arrival of Gonzalo Higuain when asked for comment.

Pogba has been the subject of intense speculation in the off-season and is widely expected to leave the club for Manchester United for a world record fee, while Higuain caused a stir in Italy after reports surfaced on the weekend suggesting he was leaving Napoli to join Juve for around £80million.

However, while Allegri reveals he is happy with the club’s transfer dealings so far, he stubbornly resisted going into any particular detail.

“I am not going to talk about the transfer market news, we are just here to get ready. The club is going to talk about the transfer market and they are doing very well so I am happy in that regard,” he said, ahead of their pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.

Allegri revealed he is going to use the International Champions Cup match to test new signings Medhi Benatia and Miralem Pjanic, as well as have a look at some of the club’s youth prospects.

“Benatia is going to play as well as Pjanic and [Roberto] Pereyra,” he added. “Probably we are going to play with four defenders with either a young player or Alex Sandro at right-back.

“It is an important test. We will use it to test our condition. We will then finish our training season for the summer in Hong Kong. Tomorrow is going to be a very different game [to Tuesday]. There is going to be more intensity.

“I am going to try and play the players who played the first half of the last game more, even though it was only the first match. We are not sure if they are in the ideal condition to play a full match.”

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