Manchester City should sign Stephan Lichtsteiner

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Manchester City should push on with their attempts to sign Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The fullback is set to leave the Italian giants in the summer on a free transfer, and could opt for a new challenge in the Premier League with the current English champions.

Despite his career beginning to enter the twilight phase, his versatility and defensive capabilities could make him a shrewd acquisition and see him be a big hit in England’s top flight.

City struggles

Manuel Pellegrini’s outfit are currently well below par, and currently lie third in the table below Jose Mourinho’s stylish Chelsea and Ronald Koeman’s exciting Southampton.

They have conceded 12 goals in 11 games and also look destined for yet another early exit from the Champions League after mustering just 2 points from their opening four group games.

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Eliaquim Mangala was drafted in from Portuguese giants Porto in the summer for a new British transfer fee for a defender of £32million, but has looked a far cry from the player that shone overseas and has failed to add the solidarity that many had expected.

The form and fitness of captain Vincent Kompany has provided the Chilean manager with another headache, with the Belgian facing an uphill battle to be fit for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich next week.

Pablo Zabaleta has been as evergreen as ever, but Lichtsteiner’s arrival could finally allow the Argentinean some much needed rest.

Juventus spell

If the Swiss international does move to the Etihad Stadium it would leave Massimiliano Allegri short of a player blessed with experience and versatility in equal measure.

He was brought to the club by former manager Antonio Conte, and immediately helped guide the club to the title in 2012 by making 39 appearances in all competitions.

Since then the Serie A giants have won a further two more titles, with Lichtsteiner featuring 68 times in the two seasons that followed.

This term he has featured in all 11 of the club’s league fixtures, but despite being a regular under Allegri could soon find himself plying his trade in England instead.

Possible deal

The 30-year-old is not a player to regularly make the back pages, but his solidarity would bolster City’s squad if they do indeed relinquish their crown to Chelsea this season.

It would also spell the end of his Serie A love affair, having previously represented Lazio prior to his departure in 2011.

And with his career now beginning to draw to a close, the deal would suit both parties and allow the player to see out his playing time in arguably the best division in the world.

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