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Report: Manchester City join Chelsea in race for Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner

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Manchester City are interested in Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, and would be ready to join Chelsea in the race for the player, reports Italian outlet Tuttosport.

Lichtsteiner has been one of Juventus' most consistent performers over the half-decade dominance of the Old Lady has enjoyed domestically. But with the emergence of Juan Cuadrado and the imminent signing of former Barcelona star Dani Alves, the 32-year-old might not be a starter anymore, and he could be looking to leave.

The Premier League would be a good destination for a player with a strong, physical style of play. New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte worked with Lichtsteiner at Juventus, and he could be looking to reunite with the player at Stamford Bridge. Conte will conduct a major overhaul of the Blues squad, and would be looking to bring quite few players from Serie A into his new side.

Chelsea wouldn't be Lichtsteiner's only possible destination, however. New City coach Pep Guardiola has been a fan of the player and started looking at him when Pep was still at Barcelona. With a fantastic Phillip Lahm at Bayern Munich, a new right-back wasn't necessary, but Lichtsteiner continued to be on Guardiola's shopping list.

Now at City, and in need of a replacement for Pablo Zabaleta, no longer reliable because of injuries and overall bad play, Guardiola would be looking to finally coach Lichtsteiner at his new team, and we could be on the verge of a bidding war with Chelsea. This should be fun.