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Arsenal are in talks to sign Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free when his contract at Juventus expires this summer, with the right-back among Unai Emery’s targets. The 34-year-old, who is expected to captain Switzerland at the World Cup in Russia, could become the Arsenal head coach’s first signing.
Lichtsteiner, who joined Juventus from Lazio in 2011, was previously linked with Borussia Dortmund after confirming he would exit the Serie A club.
“I’m playing in one of the biggest clubs in Europe and there’s always competition for places,” Lichtsteiner told Mediaset after making his 300th appearance against Bologna this month.
“But my future is going to be away from Turin. At the end of the season I’m leaving. I’ll play abroad next year but I’ve not signed anything yet.”
The attacking full-back has tasted success at Juventus, winning the domestic title in each of his seven seasons, though the arrival of Mattia De Sciglio from Milan limited opportunities for Lichtsteiner this season. He was not named in the squad for the Champions League group stage but returned against Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid in the knockout rounds.