Alves Arrival From Barca Means Lichtsteiner Exit?
Sunday June 5 2016
Stephan Lichtsteiner recently spoke of his desire to remain with Juventus for at least two or three-years, if not the remainder of his career.
The imminent arrival of Dani Alves looks set to change this?
If Alves (as seems a certainty following his Barcelona exit) signs for Juve this could mean Lichtsteiner leaves the Old Lady with him being linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain, who funnily enough had also reportedly shown an interest in the Brazilian too.
32-year-old Lichtsteiner continues to insist that he's happy at the club, and wouldn't be phased by the arrival of Alves, but also isn't closing the door on an exit from the club with him telling Fichajes.com his main focus us is on Euro 2016 at the moment.
'There is no problem, we'll see what happens. I do not think about the market. I'm focused on the European Championship. Then we'll see. There are many strong and interesting leagues: Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga or Ligue 1. I do not close the door to anything but I'm a Juve player.'
He went into again insist he's happy with the Bianconeri but, when pressed on the PSG interest, did admit he takes these reported links in a positive light.
'PSG are one of the best teams in Europe and I'm proud to be associated with them because they seek the best in each position. But I'm good at Juventus, where I've been five years.'
Alves isn't likely to come to the Juventus Stadium as a 'back up' option is he! At 32 the Switzerland international isn't going to want this either so there's probably not room for them both at the club so his exit from Turin this summer could well be on....
Once, assuming this happens, the right back signs the likelihood of this increases.
After confirming his Barcelona exit, following eight highly successful seasons with the Spanish Champions, the 33-year-old also confirmed he's coming to Serie A to sign fro Juve.
He told Sportitalia he's coming to the Old Lady and is doing this to add another Champions League winners medal to his collection.
'I am always happy, but I am even happier now. I am very happy to join Juventus. I want to win in Europe and in Italy. I have won a lot of trophies with Barcelona, but the time has come to enjoy Italy and to try to bring Juventus back to the European top.'
The expectancy is Alves will sign a three-year deal.