Premier League big guns track Turkish striker

Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz could be moving to the Premier League in the summer according to his manager.

The Daily Express report that Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool want to sign the Galatasaray star.


Yilmaz only joined Galatasaray last summer after two great seasons with Trabzonspor. He helped his old club finish second in 2010-11, only missing out on the title on goal difference. He was the league’s top scorer the following season.

Yilmaz has continued his superb form for Galatasaray. He has scored 26 goals in 31 games and helped fire his club to the top of the Turkish league and into the last eight of the Champions league. He is the joint top scorer in the Champions League this season and has caught the attention of the Premier League big clubs.

Manager will not stand in his way

However, Galatasaray are starting to become a force in Europe. They have recently signed genuine world class stars Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba and have reached the quarter final of the Champions League.

They will try to hold onto Yilmaz but manager Fatih Terim is worried that the chance to play in the Premier League could be too tempting for the 27-year-old to resist.

He said: “It’s not going to be easy to keep him. He has targets but it will be his decision. Being wanted is a good thing, but we are fond of him and believe he will do great things for us in the future.”

He is likely to cost around £10m and Arsenal may feel they have a strong bargaining position as Galatasaray are said to be interested in Gunners forward, Gervinho. However, Yilmaz is likely to demand Champions League football which could make it more difficult for Liverpool and maybe even Arsenal to land the striker if United were to make a move.


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