Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has told Real Madrid any deal for Gonzalo Higuain will not include “our best players.”
“We had lunch with [Real Madrid] President [Florentino] Perez and it’s clear we also talked about football,” confessed Marotta.
“It is all still to be defined, because Real have not yet clarified their coaching situation. Therefore any debate on players is postponed.
“The two clubs have an excellent rapport and they showed appreciation for some of our players, so it’s possible to see some market strategies.”
However, Marotta maintained the Bianconeri would not be parting with any of their star men such as Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal.
“We will not sell our best players, regardless of the fact they have impressed other clubs.
“As for Higuain, if we renew our consideration towards the player then it can be considered a step forward, but any other discussion has to wait until their situation is better defined.
“There will be the all-clear to negotiate only if Real consider it opportune to do so.”
It is understood that Real Madrid have agreed to Juve’s request to pay the transfer fee in instalments, but not on the €22m offer.