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Arsenal close to signing Juventus’ Stephan Lichtsteiner

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The 34 year-old right back is on the verge of moving to London on a free transfer

Juventus v Manchester City FC - UEFA Champions League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Arsenal and Swiss international right back Stephan Lichtsteiner are close to having a deal in place on a contract that would see the former Juventus player move to London on a one-year deal. Terms of the contract are unknown at this time, but rumors have it that the agreement is no more than a two-year deal. Lichtsteiner, it is thought, wants to have his club future sorted before he captains Switzerland in next month’s World Cup.

His arrival at Arsenal would provide both a solid mentor as well as healthy competition for current right back incumbent Hector Bellerin. Lichtsteiner operated in a rotational partnership with Mattea de Sciglio this last season at Juventus, so it’s probably not a case of a new signing demanding an increased role at the expense of an existing, talented player.

Switzerland starts their preparation for the World Cup this coming Sunday versus Spain, with another friendly versus Japan next Friday, at which point they’ll head to Russia to train for their opening match versus Brazil on June 17th. In other words, if the rumors are true and that the player wants this done before the tournament kicks off, expect an announcement from Arsenal and Lichtsteiner very soon.