Juventus confident of tying down Arsenal-linked star to new deal

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta is confident that his side can wade off Arsenal’s interest in Stephan Lichtsteiner by tying him down to a new deal.

The Switzerland international right-back’s contract is set to expire next summer and the Gunners have been said to be monitoring the situation.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger currently is currently suffering from a mounting injury problem in his side’s backline and a new defensive addition in January seems almost inevitable.

Lichtsteiner could provide extra cover in both full-back positions and a possible transfer could see versatile defender Calum Chambers move back into the middle.

The general consensus suggests that the Serie A champions would prefer to sell him in January to risk losing him for free next summer.

Juventus CEO Marotta, however, hopes that it doesn’t come down to that and remains upbeat of the 30-year-old signing a new deal with the club as he updated Sky Sports Italia of the situation.

“We’re talking, the player has made some demands, but we have to take into consideration our economic parameters. Anyway, I’m confident," he explained.

Lichtsteiner is an attacking right-back, known for his athleticism and energetic marauding runs down the right flank.

The former Lille man joined the Turin-based side for a reported €10 million fee in the summer of 2011 from fellow Serie A outfit Lazio.

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