In-Demand Galatasaray Striker Burak Yilmaz Will Be Allowed To Leave

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Turkish giants open to selling star striker.

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Galatasaray could be open to offers for their star player Burak Yilmaz this January, with club chairman Unal Aysal saying he would not stand in the way of the departure of the in-demand striker to a top European club, the Daily Mirror reports.

Yilmaz was in fine form last season for the Turks, and this led to a summer of speculation linking the 28-year-old with the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, though in the end it was Lazio who came closest to signing him before a move fell through late on on transfer deadline day.

The prolific Turkish international is likely to attract interest again this January, and may be available for around £25m, though recent rumours suggest that Chelsea would hope to land him in a swap deal that would see Demba Ba move to Galatasaray in return.

Still, there will likely be plenty of speculation now after Galatasaray appeared to invite offers for their star player, with Aysal saying he is in favour of seeing his country’s best players signing for big teams.

“If he wants to go and Chelsea are interested, then why not. I am always in favour of Turkish players going to the top clubs in Europe,” he said.

“There was a request from Lazio at the end of the summer but the deal was not done because the conditions were not met.”

Yilmaz was the joint-top scorer in the Champions League last season along with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

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