Lichtsteiner linked with return to Lazio

Juventus and Swiss international full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has been linked with a move back to his former club Lazio on a free transfer this summer.

Stephan Lichtsteiner Juventus
Stephan Lichtsteiner could make a return back to his former club Lazio on a free transfer this summer

Italian media outlet Rai Sport are reporting that Lichtsteiner former club Lazio are looking to sign the Swiss international full-back this summer on a Bosman deal.

The 34-year-old veteran full-backs deal with Juve expires this summer and with no deal signed or any offers on the table, it looks likely that the player will be heading for the exit door from Turin this summer.

Lichtsteiner, who joined Juventus back in 2011 for €10m from Lazio, became a key member of the triple title winning team under Antonio Conte when the Italian manager adopted the 3-5-2 system during his spell with the club.

However, under Max Allegri the Swiss international has seen his playing time limited after the arrival of Brazilian full-back Alex Sandro.

Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi uses the same system of 3-5-2 adopted by Antonio Conte during his time at Juve, meaning Lichtsteiner will fit in perfectly to the first eleven in Rome.

During his three-year spell in Rome with Lazio, the attacking full-back made a total of 100 appearances, scoring 3 goals in total.

Since arriving in Turin, he has made a total of 194 appearances for Juve, scoring 12 goals in his 7-years at the club.

On the international stage he has won a total of 93 caps for Switzerland, scoring 8 goals. He will be part of the Swiss squad who will take part in this summers World Cup in Russia.

Known for his attacking style of play down the right flank, many teams from around Europe will be competing with Lazio for his signature. A move back to his homeland in Switzerland has also been mentioned.