Juventus: Lichtsteiner can go

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Juventus are likely to let six-time Serie A champion Stephan Lichtsteiner go in either January, or when his contract expires at the end of the season

According to GOAL, Juventus are ready to offload right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner in January, though the Switzerland international is ready to see out his contract in Turin, which expires next summer.

Ever since Dani Alves left the club to join Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, Juventus have been struggling to find an effective replacement for the right-back position.

That’s the area of the pitch the Italian side wish to strengthen as soon as they have a chance. Massimiliano Allegri gave a chance to both Mattia De Sciglio and Benedikt Howedes, but both players have failed to prove themselves as rightful replacements.

Stephan Lichtsteiner, on the other hand, has played in 12 games for the Serie A side this season. However, coach Allegri still considers him as surplus to requirements.

Although the Switzerland international does not wish to leave during the upcoming transfer window in the same way that Patrice Evra did to Marseille last year, he might have to.

The 33-year-old defender has been with Juve for seven seasons now, and many say these are his final months in Turin, as Allegri’s side have experimented with Juan Cuadrado and Stefano Sturaro as right-backs in recent times.

The Swiss defender started his career at Grasshopper before moving to Lille for three seasons. After spending three successful years in France, Lazio secured Lichtsteiner’s signature in 2008 and the defender moved to the Serie A side for three seasons.

Juve found his services useful, and went on to sign the 33-year-old back in 2011. Since then, Lichtsteiner has played in 186 games and scored 12 goals for Juventus. Supporters won’t forget that he helped the Turin club win six Scudetti among three Coppa Italia trophies.