The 28-year-old Turkish centre-forward had been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer but the move failed to materialize and Chelsea signed Samuel Eto’o instead.
However, the Blue’ new signing has failed to impress so far for Jose Mourinho who is experiencing something of a goal-drought from his other strikers Demba Ba and Fernando Torres after allowing youngster Romelu Lukaku go out on loan to Everton.
Meanwhile, Yilmaz has scored 32 goals in 39 games for the Turkish giants after an impressive spell in the Champions League and Super Lig last term. The Turkey international’s club chairman has revealed he would allow Yilmaz the opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge and with the current lack of form of Mourinho’s other forwards it’s hard to image the prospect of Yilmaz wouldn’t excite the Portuguese coach.
“If he wants to go and Chelsea are interested then of course, why not? I favour Turkish players going to Europe to play in European leagues,” stated Unal Aysa.
At 28 years of age, Yilmaz is at the peak of his powers and at 6ft2” tall he is strong enough for the combative physical nature of the English game. His contract with Galatasaray runs until the summer of 2016 so Chelsea may find themselves paying a premium to acquire a player valued around £15-£20 million, especially in January when top clubs are even more reluctant to lose their top players.
However, given the current lack of threat posed by the Chelsea’s strikers, Mourinho may concede that he doesn’t have much option than to go out and buy a striker in January and, pound for pound, Burak Yilmaz would be worth every penny.
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