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Allegri unfazed amid Pogba transfer talk

  • Allegri unfazed amid Pogba transfer talk

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri speaks during the press conference after the 2016 International Champions Cup Australia match between Melbourne Victory FC and Juventus FC at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for ICC)

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says the Serie A giant will be challenging on all fronts this season, irrespective of whether Paul Pogba stays or goes.

The French midfielder is the most in-demand player in European football and could leave the Italian champions for a world-record transfer fee during the current transfer window.

A much-reported move to Manchester United, now managed by Jose Mourinho, could be sealed as soon as Saturday, as Juventus kick off their International Champions Cup against Melbourne Victory.

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The fate of Juventus' midfield is being brokered on the other side of the world but Allegri is unfazed.

"At the moment Pogba is a Juventus player. I can't tell you want is going to happen after that," he said on Friday.

Perhaps that's because he has concluded much of his transfer business already, signing international defenders Dani Alves from Barcelona and Medhi Benatia on loan from Bayern Munich.

Joining Juventus as well are midfielders Miralem Pjanic from domestic rivals Roma and emerging Croatian talent Marko Pjaca.

Or perhaps it's because with a mooted transfer fee above STG90 million ($A160 million), he'll have plenty of money to play with to replace Pogba, should he leave for Manchester or elsewhere.

"I can tell you we have four first-class players in Alves, Pjanic, Pjaca and Benatia," Allegri said.

"From here until the 31st of August is the end of the transfer market, everything can happen.

"We feel confident that at the end Juventus is going to have a good team, be strong in everything and compete in all competitions."

Allegri said he would send the best eleven of his depleted squad to play Victory on Saturday night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"It's not going to be easy to play against Melbourne ... they have won three titles recently," he said.

"The most important thing is to do a good performance."

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