Stephan Lichtsteiner is the latest many names linked with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this summer.
The 32-year-old Juventus right-back has been an outstanding performer for them in recent years, and according to Calciomercato.com could be allowed to leave when Dani Alves’ move to Turin is made official.
Pep Guardiola is reportedly a big fan of the adventurous right-back, who, despite his age, has maintained good performance levels for the Italian champions. He could be available for around £6.3 million and the report goes as far as to claim that talks have already taken place between some intermediaries and City over a possible deal. Such a deal would depend on the sale of Pablo Zabaleta, who Lichtsteiner would replace at right-back, it is claimed.
The major concern about signing Lichtsteiner would be that at his age, decline could set in at any point. City have been linked with precious few full-backs this summer, a cause of concern for some Blues who feel the full-back areas are a weakness, but if any are brought in, will Pep go with an experienced hand like Lichtsteiner or look for younger legs?