Report: Despite Arsenal links, Lichsteiner less than £1m from renewal

While newspaper reports keep suggesting Arsenal could land Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer, he seems to be edging towards extending at Juventus.

Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner is said to be on Arsenal's radar because his contract expires in the summer, but he seems close to recommitting to the Old Lady.

The Swiss international has been at loggerheads with Juventus officials, who are attempting to persuade him to put pen to paper on a new deal for fear of losing him for free.

And it has been reported in various media outlets that Arsenal have made contact to try and begin the courting process with an eye to a transfer coup.

However, according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the amount of money separating Lichtsteiner's demands and Juventus's current offer is not great.

The paper suggests that the two parties are around £700,000 apart with Juve ready to propose around £1.6 million per season.

While Juventus may be reluctant to increase their offer, it could make financial sense to try and agree to increase their proposal by around £400,000 to split the difference and prevent the possibility of losing a decent player for free.

Inter have also been linked to Lichtsteiner, but it seems unlikely that they will be able to match Arsenal's financial clout and Juve are always reluctant to sell to a direct rival.

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