Manchester United are ready to beat their rivals to the signing of Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, who could be available for free in the summer.
The Swiss international is entering the final six months of his contract in Italy, and with contract talks non-existent, the veteran defender could be set for a summer exit on a free transfer.
Due to the Bosman Ruling, Lichtsteiner can officially hold talks with any overseas club in the New Year, and can also agree to a pre-contract with the club of his choice.
With just six months left on his current deal, contract talks between the player and the club have broken down and officials at Juve have accepted that they may lose the defender on a free in the summer.
Competition for Signature
United, who could offer him a contract in January, are hopeful they can do business with the 30-year-old, but they may face competition from English rivals, Chelsea and Arsenal.
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Both London clubs have been linked with the Swiss international since the summer, and with the chance to sign him on a free a possibility, both clubs may look into it due to the cheapness of the deal.
Arsenal are in particular in dire need of defensive reinforcements with injuries causing all sorts of problems for Arsene Wenger, and Lichtsteiner has been on the Frenchman's radar since the summer.
Lichtsteiner has been at Juve for three years, and has won three Serie A titles in that time and also competing in over 100 games for the Turin-based club. The Swiss has been an ever-present figure for Juve since moving from Lazio, but with no contract talks in the pipeline, he could be set for a free-transfer exit.