Date: 19th May 2013 at 11:43pm
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Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £12m offer for Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The Swiss international has caught the attention of the Premier League side due to his solid performances during his two seasons with the Bianconeri thus far.

Manager Arsene Wenger is particularly impressed with the 29-year-old’s versatility, as he can play either in the right side of defense or in midfield.

The Gunners are looking to find an adequate replacement for French international Bacary Sagna, who joined the London-based club in 2007 from French side Auxerre.

Since his arrival from Lazio, Lichtsteiner has grown into an integral part of Antonio Conte’s side, with six goals in over 70 appearances for the Bianconeri as the Turin giants successfully claimed the Scudetto two seasons in a row.

However, with rumors that the Serie A winners are looking to splash the cash on some big purchases this summer, including Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, Lichtsteiner is one of the players that the club’s officials feel can be sold to raise funds.

Nicknamed “Forrest Gump” by some of his fans due to his tireless runs down the right wing, Lichtsteiner began his career with Swiss side Grasshoppers before moving on to Ligue 1 with Lille for three years.

He then made his Serie A debut in 2008 with Lazio, where he spent three seasons before moving to Juventus in the summer of 2011.