Italian giants Juventus have handed Premier League trio Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal a boost in their pursuit of Swiss star Stephan Lichtsteiner, as the Turin outfit are ready to replace him with Sassuolo defender Sime Vrsaljko, according to the Daily Star.
It appears, then, that the Italian giants, who are currently sitting at the top of Serie A, could let Lichtsteiner depart the club in 2015. In fact, the same report has suggested that the 30-year-old could even make a move to England's elite division as early as January.
It's been suggested that Manchester United are the side most likely to make a bid in the up coming winter market, but it remains to be seen as to whether the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal step up their interest in the Juventus man.
Manchester United are certainly in need of experience in their back-line, and Lichtsteiner would prove a commanding figure in the full-back role. It appears that Van Gaal wants to add competition at right-back, with flamboyant Brazilian Rafael da Silva proving an inconsistent figure for the club.
There's no doubt about it, Lichtsteiner would prove a great coup for United as they go in search of claiming a place in the Champions League this season. A move to Old Trafford, though, may well depend on Juventus' potential deal for Vrsaljko. Vrsaljko is extremely highly rated, but it remains to be seen as to whether Juventus' Serie A rivals Sassuolo are prepared to let the player depart the club in the next transfer window.
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Van Gaal's side may also have to battle Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal for Lichtsteiner's signature. It would come as a surprise, however, if Jose Mourinho's side were to submit a bid for the player, with the club already having Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta at their disposal.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have struggled in the defensive department of late, with the likes of Mathieu Debuch and Co. going down with injury. Arsene Wenger's side are certainly expected to add to their ranks in the next transfer window, with it being suggested that they will bring another centre-half to north London.
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