TURIN — Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri warned Paul Pogba and Leonardo Bonucci against moves to the Premier League which would see them leave one of “the top four European clubs”.
France international Pogba has been linked with a world-record move to re-join former club Manchester United, while Real Madrid are also understood to be keen on the midfielder.
Manchester City, on the other hand, are reported to have tabled a big-money offer for Bonucci, with manager Pep Guardiola having described the Italy defender as “one of my favourite ever players”.
However Allegri, whose team will chase a sixth consecutive Scudetto this season, suggested Pogba, Bonucci and other star names should
seriously consider staying put.
“Anyone who has the opportunity to leave has to consider things very carefully, because right now Juventus are among the top four European clubs,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We have grown in terms of appeal and awareness of our own capabilities. So far our market this summer has been eight out of 10, bringing in players of international pedigree like Medhi Benatia, Dani Alves and Miralem Pjanic.”
Allegri is excited over the impact new recruits such as former Barcelona rightback Alves and Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Pjanic — prized from potential Scudetto rivals Roma — can have in Turin.
“Alves has experience and technique. With Stephan Lichtsteiner we’ll
have an important push down the flanks,” he said.
“Pjanic plays in front of the defence or as a trequartista. He can do everything because he knows football perfectly well and therefore has no problems playing in any zone of the pitch. He’s also only 26 years old, so can improve even more.
“Hearing reports about us needing another two or three players is unfair, especially as I don’t want to talk about transfers, but the club is working well and knows we need alternatives.
“This the strongest Juventus squad I’ve had? Every team are different, but this one are very strong and I am fortunate to be training great champions.”