Chelsea are ready to make a formal bid for Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner as he enters the final year of his contract, according to reports.
The Swiss international has enjoyed a fine career in Turn, earning three Serie A Winners medals, but as he enters his final contract at the club he could be preparing for an exit, with no extension talks in the pipeline.
The 30-year-old has been at Juve for three years now, winning the league each season since arriving from Serie A rivals Lazio for a fee around £8million.
Over that period Lichtsteiner has made nearly 100 appearances, but with no talks looking likely between the player and the club, a move away could be a possibility if the Italian sides are ready to cash in on the defender. The right-back is grabbing the attention of Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea boss could be ready to pay up to £6.5million for him as he prepares to strengthen his squad ahead of next season, after falling short of any silverware this year.
It's believed the west London club have been monitoring Lichtsteiner for the past few seasons, and with a contract disagreement at large between the player and his current club, the Blues look set to pounce and make a formal offer.
According to reports in Italy, Juventus will eventually hold talks with the representatives of the player, and they will agree on whether to sell him this summer or face losing him on a free next year. Chelsea are keen on adding to their already-rock solid defence, and Lichtsteiner is an option for Mourinho, but they could face competition with Arsenal and Manchester United, who have been linked with the Swiss in recent years.
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