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Arsenal Keen To Strike Deal For Juventus Full-Back Stephan Lichtsteiner

Arsenal have reportedly initiated contacts with Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner as his contract negotiations with the Italian champions progress slowly. The Swiss international, 30, has been a major protagonist in Juventus’ return to the top of the Italian football after his move from rivals Lazio in 2011. But his contract expires in June and according to reports in Italy, he has been contacted by Arsenal while Inter Milan, PSG and Real Madrid also remain interested. Lichtsteiner has always outlined his priority to extend with the Turin giants and in an interview with Tuttosport few months ago he expressed his desire to continue with Juventus. “It will probably be my last big contract,” Lichtsteiner reflected. “And my priority is Juventus. What counts is trophies, winning is the most important thing. I still see myself at a good level for three or four more years, then I can close [my career] in Switzerland and then become a Coach.” “I confirm that Paris […] Read more »

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Manchester United And Arsenal To Chase Athletic Bilbao Defender Aymeric Laporte

French defender Aymeric Laporte has been identified as a potential January target by Arsenal and Manchester United. Both Arsenal and Manchester United have had defensive problems this season and are believed to be in the market for a central defender. Both clubs have faced several problems due to injury woes in the defensive department. Failing to keep a clean sheet has been a big problem for both the Premier League clubs. So far, this season, both Arsenal and Manchester United have only managed to keep clean sheets in two out of nine league games with Arsenal conceding 11 goals and Manchester United conceding 13. According to reports from Spain, The Express has claimed that the Athletic Bilbao defender has been identified by both Arsene Wenger and Louis Van Gaal as they look to strengthen their respective defences in the upcoming transfer window. At only 20 years of age, Laporte is already a vital player for Bilbao. The French defender is […] Read more »

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Unsettled Lazio Starlet On Liverpool Radar

Liverpool target Keita Balde is reportedly unhappy with the present situation in Lazio and will be looking for a solution this January transfer window if the status quo persists. The 19-year-old Spaniard has not started under new Lazio manager Stefano Pioli since the win over Cesena in match week 2 this season and Keita’s agent has warned that the player may consider his future in January. Lazio reportedly rejected bids from Liverpool and Juventus for Keita this summer and the player himself extended his stay in Rome until 2018. However, it seems that Keita is not a part of Pioli’s tactical setup at this moment. The Italian likes to play with two wingers who prefer to cut inside from the wings while Keita is essentially a player who is comfortable to take on his man and head for the by-line. So far Brazilian youngster Felipe Anderson has been preferred ahead of Keita and the situation has his agent stirring the […] Read more »