Juventus on brink of locking Lichtsteiner away from Arsenal

Arsenal are reportedly tracking Stephan Lichtsteiner, but reports suggest that Juventus are close to agreeing a contract extension with the full-back.

Juventus appear to have sprung into life trying to renew Stephan Lichtsteiner's contract as rumours of Arsenal interest intensify.

The Swiss international's current deal expires at the end of the season and the Old Lady's negotiations over a new deal have been sluggish.

It has been suggested that Chelsea and Manchester City are keeping an eye on the pugnacious right-back, but Arsenal seem to have emerged as the most active suitor.

With the shadow of the Gunners looming, Juventus seem to have upped their efforts to come to an arrangement with the 30-year-old.

According to Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, Juventus have made some progress in talks with Lichtsteiner's representatives, although there is still some distance between the two parties.

After a meeting at Galileo Ferraris yesterday between agent Federico Pastorello and Juventus director Beppe Marotta, Lichtsteiner was reportedly offered a deal until 2018 with a salary raise from around £1.6 million per year including bonuses to over £2 million.

Lichtsteiner is still believed to want more, but the talks seem to show goodwill between the two parties and suggest that an agreement can be reached.

If Lichtsteiner does sign a new deal he is unlikely to remain the cut-price option he would be if his contract is ticking down and Arsenal probably won't put in a big bid for a player of his age.

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