Why Juventus’s interest in Barca star could pave the way for Arsenal to land Swiss ace

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

According to reports in the Italian press published by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Juventus are tracking Barcelona’s Brazilian right-back Daniel Alves.

The 31-year-old has been in and out of Luis Enrique’s starting XI this season and has long been linked with a Nou Camp departure.

Rumours last season suggested that Monaco or Manchester City were possible destinations for the former Sevilla star, but fresh reports out of Italy now state Juventus as taking an interest.

The Turin-based outfit are said to be eyeing alternatives amid increased fears of losing current right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner – news which could have positive repercussions for interested party Arsenal.

The Gunners are keen to bolster their defensive ranks during the January transfer window as a result of an injury crisis at the Emirates Stadium, and Lichtsteiner has been sought after as a number one target.

The Switzerland international is in his last year of his current contract with Juve and a potential new deal looks far from materialising, thus creating an intriguing situation ahead of the January transfer window.

It is presumed that the Serie A champions would prefer to sell the 30-year-old rather than risk losing him for free next summer, and that they could be willing to let him go for a relatively bargain fee.

Described as an attacking right-back, his athleticism and marauding charges down the flank could provide Arsene Wenger’s side with a different outlet going forward.

A possible deal could also see Calum Chambers revert back to a central role and provide much-needed height and strength in place of the rather unorthodox Nacho Monreal.

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