Manchester United are expected to be relatively busy in the January transfer window after a summer of relative frustration for David Moyes and company.
Transfer rumours surrounding the Old Trafford outfit have been rife of late, with a creative midfielder and Leighton Baines, amongst others, supposedly in the Manchester club’s sights.
The latest player to be linked with a move to the Premier League champions is Stephan Lichtsteiner, with talkSPORT claiming that United are ready to pry him away from Juventus at the turn of the year.
Whether there is much traction in this remains to be seen, and even if United are interested, the Turin club will need to be convinced of the merits of parting with the Swiss defender mid-season.
The 29-year-old moved to Juventus from Lazio back in the summer of 2011, and has played a considerable role in helping Antonio Conte’s men to back-to-back Serie A titles.
The versatile right-sided player is also a mainstay for Switzerland, with Lichtsteiner doing his part in getting the central European nation to the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
He predominantly operates as a right-back, but with Juve deploying three central defenders the Swiss star has attacking intentions and can play as a right wing-back or winger.
But do United need him, and would he be a good signing for Moyes’ men?
Given Chris Smalling’s mediocre performance at right-back for England last night and the fact that Phil Jones is also better utilised centrally, there is certainly an argument that an extra specialist full-back would be a good thing for Rafael. The Brazilian could potentially rest on his laurels slightly at the moment, and having Lichtsteiner at the club could get the best out of them both.
Lichtsteiner certainly is not as flamboyant or attack-minded as some of United’s current wingers, but he is tidy in possession and would pose as a good player going both ways in tight games.
He does coin in with his share of assists and goals for Juventus, and having a versatile player that has experience would be a benefit to United.
Lichtsteiner would be the type of seasoned international player that would strengthen United’s core group, but with the Switzerland international playing more often than not for Juventus, it remains to be seen whether they would sell him.
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