Chelsea In Talks With Galatasaray Over Interest In Striker Burak Yilmaz: Blues Told to Fork Out £20m Plus

Stamford Bridge side target Turkish international.

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Chelsea are said to be interested in Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz and have reportedly held talks with the Istanbul giants according to the Guardian.

The 27 year old Turkish international has had an excellent first season at the Türk Telekom Arena, scoring 32 goals in all competitions to help his side to a domestic title as well as an impressive run to the Champions League semi-final stage.

Galatasaray have informed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that he will have to bid in excess of £20m to have any hope of signing the former Trabzonspor forward, who it tied down to a long term deal with the Super Lig side.

Chelsea’s apparent need for a prolific forward has seen the Russian billionaire linked to a host of Europe’s top strikers with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandoswki all said to be on the Stamford Bridge side’s radar.

A move for Yilmaz may prove cheaper than any successful bid for the three names listed, however that trio has of course proven themselves in Europe’s ‘major’ leagues and as such a move for the Galatasaray man could perhaps be considered more of a gamble.

Any interest in fresh attacking options could well lead to a long awaited sale of Spanish international Fernando Torres who has failed to make an impact since his £50m move to Chelsea.

The 29 year old may have scored 23 goals in all competitions in 2012/13 but it is perhaps telling that the former Liverpool man managed to net just eight times in 36 Premier League appearances this season.

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