Swiss international rubbishes swap deal with £10.9m Arsenal target

Stephan Lichtsteiner knows nothing of a reported swap deal with Adrien Rabiot.

Adrien Rabiot has emerged as one of the most coveted prospects in European football over the past few months. His lack of first-team football and belligerent negotiation tactics have made him something of an outcast at current club Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG however want to keep him, but he is asking for a salary they won't be willing to pay a young French prospect.

Arsenal have emerged as one of the favourites to snap him up. In the summer transfer window his mother, who also acts as his agent, was said to be in London to discuss a move to Arsenal buit nothing ever came of it.

Italian side AS Roma have openly admitted they will be going in for the player, whose contract expires in the summer of 2015.

But Juventus have also been linked with his signature over the past week, with Italian media suggesting they could offer reported PSG target Stephan Lichtsteiner as part of a move to sign the Arsenal target - who is valued at around £10.5 million.

The French side are said to be fans of the swashbuckling wing-back, but he is very surprised to hear of such rumours.

He told Tuttosport:

"Am I disappointed by rumours of a possible exchange with Rabiot? I do not know anything about it. I hear so many rumours. I am focused on the championship - there is always time for the contract renewal. Am I'm going to run out my deal? I do not want to talk about that."

But while Lichtsteiner may not be part of the deal Juventus are still likely to keep tabs on Rabiot, as battle-lines are drawn in the hunt for Rabiot.

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