Stephan Lichtsteiner plays down Adrien Rabiot swap-deal

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Juventus right-back, Stephan Lichtsteiner, has rubbished reports linking him with a move to French side, Paris Saint-Germain, with midfielder, Adrien Rabiot, going in the opposite direction.

The Serie A champions are reportedly keen on signing the 19-year-old from PSG, but face serious competition from three Premier League clubs.

However, the Italian side thought they would try and sweeten the deal for the French champions by offering them a player in return, and with Lichtsteiner's contract expiring next Summer, The Old Lady were considering throwing him in as part of the deal.

Premier League interest

Rabiot, 19, has been attracting interest from both Italy and also England, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all keen on signing the teenage starlet.

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The midfielder has made it clear that he doesn't want to stay in France as a squad rotation player, and with his contract expiring in 2015, it's believed that PSG will try and offload him in January to avoid losing him for nothing in the Summer.

Due to the Bosman ruling, Rabiot is free to hold talks with overseas club in the New Year, so is expected to meet up with officials from Arsenal, United, Chelsea and Juve, but it's believed that The Gunners are in pole position to land the teenager in a deal worth roughly £5.6million.

Contract Demands Rejected

In a last ditch attempt to stay in France, Rabiot laid down demands to the club stating he wanted a pay-rise and a promise that he would be a first-team regular, however, those demands were declined by Laurent Blanc, all but confirming the midfielder will leave in the New Year.

Player-Swap dismissed

With Juve interest in Rabiot, they were ready to offer PSG a player in return in order to gain an advantage over the English trio, and reports suggested that it was Lichtsteiner that could be heading to France, but the Swiss defender has rubbished those reports by stating that he's heard nothing.

“Am I disappointed by rumours of a possible exchange with Rabiot? I do not know anything about it. I hear so many rumours,” he told Tuttosport.

"I am focused on the championship - there is always time for the contract renewal,” he said.

“Am I'm going to run out my deal? I do not want to talk about that.”

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