Arsenal are in talks for the first transfer of Unai Emery era

GETTYLorenzo Pellegrini is rumoured to be a target for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery

GETTYLorenzo Pellegrini is rumoured to be a target for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery

"Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer when the 34-year-old's Juventus contract expires this summer", wrote Ornstein.

The 34-year-old, who has won seven Serie A titles, is expected to captain Switzerland at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Lichtsteiner has scored 14 goals in 250 appearances for Juve since signing from Lazio in August 2011. "But my future is going to be away from Turin. We'll meet at the end of the season and take stock of the situation".

The report says Emery is hoping to use his relationship with Roma sporting director Monchi to help open formal negotiations as the pair know each other well from their time together at Sevilla.

Lichtsteiner announced he would be leaving the Bianconeri in early May having helped the club to their seventh successive Serie A title, with the Switzerland worldwide having ended each season since joining the club from Lazio in 2011 as a national champion.

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Lichtsteiner was not named in Juventus's squad for the Champions League group stage but returned against Tottenham and Real Madrid in the knockout rounds.

The full-back is expected to captain Switzerland at next month's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"Arsenal has been run Arsene Wenger's way for 22 years and, given the sheer spending power of the Manchester clubs, the competition is fierce".

The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Lichtsteiner would compete with Héctor Bellerín for a starting place.

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