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Manchester United lead chase for Champions League strike ace

| 03.04.2013

After notching a superb 26 goals in just 31 appearances since joining Galatasaray last summer, the future of Burak Yilmaz has become a point of much contention.

A number of big-name Premier League clubs are in the hunt for the powerful forward, who has impressed not only domestically, but in the Champions League this term too.

It is thought that Manchester United lead the chasing pack of teams coveting the 27-year-old, whose seasonal performances have also garnered interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.

And perhaps his European winner against United earlier in the season initially attracted Sir Alex Ferguson to his talents.

With eight goals, Yilmaz is the joint top scorer in Europe’s elite competition, in company with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite this though, the Turkish international appears to be available for a relatively modest price at the end of the current season.

Yilmaz cost Aslan a shade over £4m last summer, but even in the aftermath of such a blistering debut campaign with the Super Lig leaders, it is thought that £10m will be enough to prise him away from their clutches.

And Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim has admitted he could very well lose his hitman, telling The Observer: “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.”

Although his current club have reached the quarter-final stage of the Champions League this season, Yilmaz knows that he can have a more serious tilt at that competition at a club such as United.

And the Premier League champions-elect are likely to prove too tough a proposition for the striker to resist, should they firm up their interest with a bid for the player this summer.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee