Stephan Lichtsteiner to get several free agent offers

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Manchester United look set to beat competition from Arsenal and Chelsea to the free transfer signing of Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.

According to the Daily Express, Louis van Gaal is closing in on Lichtsteiner after ruling out a move for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado. The Manchester United boss wants an attacking wing-back to play in his 3-5-2 system, and Lichtsteiner would be the much cheaper signing.

His Juventus contract expires at the end of the season, which means he’s free to discuss terms with foreign clubs from the first week in January.

Although the reigning Serie A champions are keen to keep the Switzerland international at the club if possible, it’s believed that talks have broken down between club and player.

Interest from the Premier League is strong, with Arsenal and Chelsea also interested in a potential bargain should Lichtsteiner open the bidding up to rival offers.

Much will ultimately depend on whether a club like Arsenal or Manchester United look to force Juventus’s hand by offering a nominal amount to sign Lichtsteiner next month.

Juve, if it’s clear the player won’t re-sign, may be willing to sell him six months earlier to receive a small fee rather than lose him for nothing.

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