International defender to join Arsenal after agreeing terms over contract

By on May 30, 2018

According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to join Arsenal on a one-year contract following fresh negotiations with the Juventus right-back.

Unai Emery is working hard trying to revamp our defence and a new right-back is understood to be a priority as we desperately need to ease the load on Hector Bellerin.

The Spaniard played more minutes than any other Arsenal player last season as we had no viable back-up available leaving Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Calum Chambers deputising on the odd occasion Bellerin was rested.

Lichtsteiner has emerged as a prime target with the Metro reporting late last week that the Switzerland international visited London Colney to hold talks with Arsenal chiefs about a move to the Emirates.

A deal is now on the verge of completion as Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Lichtsteiner has agreed terms over a one-year contract following further negotiations with Arsenal.

An option to extend the deal by a further year is also on the table but the report says Lichtsteiner is set to join Arsenal on a short-term deal and should become our first major signing of the summer.

The 34-year-old is available on a free transfer as his contract with Juventus expires next month following seven excellent seasons in Italy that saw him win seven consecutive Serie A titles.

Obviously he’s not the most exciting signing but it’s certainly a sensible addition to the squad as Lichtsteiner will add experience and a winning mentality to the team.

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Lichtsteiner will captain Switzerland at this summers World Cup and it seems he’ll head to Russia as an Arsenal player as this deal is expected to be wrapped-up soon.

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