Report: Arsenal to miss out as reported target agrees new Juventus deal

Arsenal have been monitoring Juventus star Stephan Lichtsteiner but now appear to have missed out on a possible January deal.

Arsenal look set to miss out on a possible January deal for Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner as the Swiss star has agreed on a new contract extension in Turn, reports claim.

The Switzerland international had been linked with a move away from the club after entering the final year of his contract and previously failing to reach an agreement on an extension.

Arsene Wenger’s side are currently lacking in experienced defenders, and the French boss has been forced into shuffling around his back-line as a result of a number of mounting injuries.

The Gunners arguably need at least one extra body in January and a player of Lichtsteiner’s experience at a bargain price would have been handy deal for the North Londoners.

According to Sky Sports Italia, however, Juventus appear to have fought off any interest by reaching an agreement with the 30-year-old on a new two-year extension.

“The long negotiation has now reached its conclusion, Juventus and Lichsteiner have found an agreement on a contract extension," states the report.

"The new contract will expire in 2017 with an option for the following season- the annual salary will be 3 million euro net of taxes including the bonuses."

Lichtsteiner has made 122 appearances for the Serie A champions in all competitions since joining the club from fellow Italian out Lazio in the summer of 2011.

He is widely regarded as one of the most athletic right-backs in Italy, gaining the nickname Forrest Gump for his marauding runs and energetic style.

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