Arsenal are closing in on a deal to bring Stephan Lichsteiner to the club in what would be Unai Emery’s first signing since his appointment on Wednesday.
According to the Guardian, the 98-time Swiss international will be available on a free transfer this summer after agreeing to end his seven year stay at Juventus. During that time, he won the Scudetto on each occasion but has found his chances limited this year due to the arrival of Mattia De Sciglio for €12 million in July. He missed out entirely on Juventus’ Champions League squad for the group stages and at the age of 34 is on the lookout for a new challenge.
His experience will be crucial for the Gunners in an area which has long been a cause of concern. They conceded 51 Premier League goals last season, 12 more than any other side in the top six. He could fill in at right-back in place of Hector Bellerin whose performances have drawn criticism this season.
He is currently on international duty where he is expected to lead his country at the World Cup and become the 4th man from his country to pass the 100 cap mark.
Borussia Dortmund are rumoured to be interested as the teams vie to wrap up the deal before the tournament gets under way on 14th June.
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