Chelsea have been linked this week with a summer move for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz.
The Turkish forward has scored 24 goals in 30 appearances for Galatasaray this season, drawing ‘interest’ from both European champions Chelsea and Premier League leaders Manchester United.
The 27-year-old is under contract until 2016 so the £21 million fee reportedly rejected isn’t all that excessive. However, in my humble opinion, I can’t see even Chelsea spending that amount on a player of his age.
I also have my doubts that Yilmaz could reproduce the kind of performances and scoring record that have made him such a sensation in Turkey this term. Not in the Premier League.
With all due respect to the Super Lig, there is a huge gulf in quality between the top sides – Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, and Besiktas and Bursaspor. Even the top Turkish side Galatasaray is quite a distance off the quality of Manchester United, England top team at present.
I am well aware that Galatasaray have in fact emerged from their Champions League group and are in the last-8 of the Champions League – next they face Real Madrid – and I am also aware that they beat United 1-0 at home to make second place in their group.
Galatasaray are a very good team but the Super Lig is far inferior in terms of its overall quality than the Premier League. Subsequently, should Chelsea or United secure the services of Burak Yilmaz this summer, I struggle to genuinely believe that he could do even half as much damage in the English top tier.
He’s scored 16 goals 22 Super Lig appearances which is a remarkable tally along with 8 goals in 8 appearances in the Champions League which, for me, is a much more illuminating goals to games ratio to assess him by.
He’s spent his entire career in Turkey and will likely make a move abroad in the next year or two but I can’t see him moving to Chelsea or United – especially not for £21 million as he’s only valued at £13 million.
If Chelsea buy a new striker it will likely be Radamel Falcao and if United happen to re-invest unnecessarily in their striking options, they’d probably go for Robert Lewandowski. Neither of them have a requirement for Burak Yilmaz.
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