According to the Guardian, veteran Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner could be Unai Emery’s first Arsenal recruit.
The 34-year-old defender is out of contract at Juventus this summer and says he’ll play his football elsewhere once he’s done captaining his country at the World Cup in Russia.
“I’m playing in one of the biggest clubs in Europe and there’s always competition for places,” Lichtsteiner told Mediaset earlier this month.
“But my future is going to be away from Turin. At the end of the season, I’m leaving. I’ll play abroad next year, but I’ve not signed anything yet.”
In light of Per Mertesacker’s retirement and Laurent Koscielny’s injury – the Frenchman is not expected to be back in action until November – this could well be a short-term and thrifty answer to our comparative lack of experience in the centre of defence. He could also provide back-up to Hector Bellerin at right-back.
On paper, Shkodran Mustafi is our most senior available centre-back right now, although Nacho Monreal is also an option. Of course, we could also sign other defensive recruits between now and 11 August when the new season kicks off.
Lichtsteiner had been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund, but that appears to have collapsed.
“I’m not going to BVB,” he told Blick. “We couldn’t come to an agreement. There’s nothing more to say about that.”