Chelsea eye summer move for Stephan Lichtsteiner

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Chelsea are monitoring Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and could make a move for his services this summer.

This is according to talkSPORT, who further claim that the Blues believe a fee of around £6.5 million could be enough to tempt the dominant Serie A champions into parting with the player.
30-year-old Lichtsteiner has been in Turin for three years now, having joined Juventus from rivals Lazio in 2011.

The experienced Swiss international - who is included in the Switzerland squad for this summer's World Cup - has become a key figure for Antonio Conte's side at domestic level, providing a crucial attacking outlet when bursting forward down the right-flank.

While Chelsea would undoubtedly benefit from Lichtsteiner's obvious pedigree, Jose Mourinho is not exactly bereft of right-back options at present - rendering this particular interest somewhat curious, to say the least.

Branislav Ivanovic - who is equally adept at playing at centre-back - is as imposing a full-back as you are likely to find in the Premier League, while Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta appears to have won Mourinho's affections after a difficult start.

Indeed, with Ashley Cole having appeared to announce his imminent exit from Stamford Bridge, it could certainly argued that Mourinho should be looking to prioritise the addition of a new left-sided defender this summer.

Ryan Bertrand has traditionally provided back-up to Cole over the last few seasons, although it seems rather unlikely that he will be selected as his compatriot's long-term replacement.

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