Blues have been tracking Turkish goal machine since the summer.
Chelsea are interested in signing prolific Galatasaray front man Burak Yilmaz when the transfer window opens for business in January, and the west London club could even use unwanted striker Demba Ba as bait to lure the Turk to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in the Daily Express.
Returning Blues head coach Jose Mourinho was keen on bringing the Turkey international to the capital during the summer, however, when the self-styled ‘Special One’ made inquiries about Yilmaz’s availability, he was quoted a figure of £20m by the Turkish champions.
However, with the 28-year-old having continued with his impressive form in front of goal for Gala this season, it is understood that Mourinho now wants to follow up his initial interest in Yilmaz last summer with an actual bid for the striker in the new year.
Burak has only been with the Turkish giants since July 2012, when he joined the club from Trabzonspor on an initial four-year deal for a fee of just 5m euros, with the forward managing to find the back of the net on an impressive 32 occasions in total in his 39 appearances for Galatasaray in all competitions last season, including 24 strikes in his 30 league outings.
And it is believed that ‘Mou’ is even willing to throw in Senegalese international Ba in part exchange for Yilmaz in order to seal the deal.
Ba almost left Chelsea in the summer and remains behind Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o in the pecking order at the moment.