Manchester United chase Champions League top goalscorer?

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Reports on the continent have linked Manchester United with the top scorer in the Champions League, Burak Yilmaz.

Lionel Messi? Cristiano Ronaldo? Robin van Persie?

No, none of them are the top scorer in the Champions League, and instead the man leading the pack is Burak Yilmaz of Galatasaray.

He signed for the Turkish giants for an incredibly small fee of just £4.4 million last summer after netting a sensational 32 goals in 30 games for Trabzonspor the year before.

Liverpool and Lazio were linked with him last summer and will both surely regret passing up the option to take him on now; he has seven Champions League goals in seven games, including the important goal against Schalke last week, also becoming the first Turkish player ever to score seven goals in the competition.

Now reports in Italy have claimed the Rome-based club are to renew their interest, but it's been surprisingly claimed Manchester United are also interested, with Talksport also picking up on them.

We say suprisingly, because it's doubtful United are in for a striker, considering their quartet of Van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez and Welbeck. Yet that hasn't stopped constant talk of Robert Lewandowski arriving, while rumours of Chicharito leaving have continued this weekend.

United will be well aware of Yilmaz, he scored against them in Istanbul in the Autumn in Galatasaray's 1-0 win.

Now as he proves himself at the highest level his price tag will have at least trebled from the fee paid for him last summer, and it's doubtful whether he is a priority for United.

You would imagine a new winger, central midfielder, and even a mega-money bid to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo are all higher up on the club's to-do list this summer. Yilmaz is a fine player but as things stand we would place this one in the 'serious doubt' category of transfer rumour.

Nevertheless it's an interesting claim, and if United did pursue him, it would re-affirm that no matter how good it gets at the club, Sir Alex Ferguson is always looking to improve his options.

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