Replacement lined up for reported Arsenal and Chelsea linked Bosman target Lichtsteiner

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Juventus are preparing for the possible departure of reported Arsenal and Chelsea target Stephan Lichtsteiner, according to the Italian press.

As Stephan Lichtsteiner’s contract edges closer to expiring, Juventus may have a decision to make on the club’s future.

The Swiss wing-back has been a crucial component of the Bianconeri side that has dominated Serie A in recent years but could nonetheless be headed towards the exit door in Turin.

With his current deal set to come to an end in June, talks for a renewal have progressed slowly and there is thought to be a gap between the parties involved.

Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio reported on Friday that Chelsea and Arsenal have taken an interest in the situation, eyeing up a possible bargain.

If Juventus aren’t prepared to meet Lichtsteiner’s demands, he could sign a pre-contract as early as January, leaving the Bianconeri in need of a replacement.

According to Tuttosport, the Old Lady has already confronted this potential scenario - prepared to make an approach for Udinese wing-back Silvan Widmer.

Widmer, 21, is one of the latest talents to come through the Udinese production line after landing with the Friuli club in the summer of 2013.

Juventus will reportedly meet with the Zebrette to discuss a potential deal. The two clubs are quite familiar in a business sense, Juventus having signed the likes of Kwadwo Asamoah and Roberto Pereyra from Udinese in recent times.

This suggests that Arsenal and Chelsea’s chances of getting their hands on Lichtsteiner have received a boost, and he’d be a solid pick up for either side on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old would be welcome cover for Branislav Ivanovic at Stamford Bridge, while his ability to play both as a full-back and in advanced positions would be of benefit to Arsenal.

Lichtsteiner’s Juventus future isn’t decided just yet, but early signs seem to be emerging that the Premier League duo may get their shot to bring him to English shores.

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