Manchester United are monitoring Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner for possible January deal. Stephen Pickering asks if the defender would be a good addition.
According to reports last month, Manchester United are monitoring Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner ahead of a possible January bid.
The experienced Swiss international has been a prominent figure of an impressive Juventus back-line since his €10 million pound move from Lazio in 2011. Along with former United target Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci amongst others, Juventus had only conceded 44 goals in 76 games in their previous 2 title wins in Seria A.
However, Juventus could be enticed to sell one of their key players if the price was right as the player will turn 30 in January, however, they will no doubt prefer a summer move as the Turin based side are chasing a third consecutive Seria A title.
Lichtsteiner is a player that has slowly built his stock up over the years and has only been considered as a top player since his move to Lazio in 2008. The athletic full-back has previously been likened to ‘’Forest Gump’’ largely due to his marauding performance in Lazio’s 4-2 win over rivals AS Roma, where his constant runs down the right wing made a huge impact in the game.
Renowned as one of the best defensive full-backs in the game, he uses his height and strength to keep players quiet and is known to be a quite ‘hands-on’ defender.
The controversial defending against Celtic in their Champions League clash in February, led to questions over his style of play. The 29-year-old defender responded to questions by the British media reiterating he had done nothing wrong:
‘’It’s normal. I think it is part of football that they play the corners and the free kicks, and of course, they score more than 40 per cent of their goals in the Champions League from free-kicks, and they look to block the goalkeeper
‘’it was my role to keep him away from Buffon.’’
When pressed harder on whether Juventus were lucky not to concede a spot-kick, he retorted:
‘’A penalty for what? It is more of a foul from him than me because if you attack the goalkeeper it is a foul’’
The defending from the former Lazio man in the game was less than picture perfect and a lot of people viewed that he had been lucky not to concede a penalty and par-take in an early bath, me included.
He, however, does have an outstanding record playing for one of the best defensive sides in Europe, that fact alone means that United could potentially sign a player that could boost their title chances and a player that is willing to get his hands dirty for the good of the club.
Do you think United should sign the Swiss defender, or should they be looking at better?
image: © bianconero