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Gala welcome Chelsea link with Yilmaz

October 11, 2013
By ESPN staff

Galatasaray president Unal Aysal has welcomed Chelsea’s reported interest in striker Burak Yilmaz.

Burak Yilmaz
GettyImagesBurak Yilmaz has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

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Recent reports have speculated that the Blues are prepared to offer Demba Ba in part-exchange for Yilmaz, 28, as they look to improve their attack.

Aysal has now encouraged any potential interest in the Turkey international, who was, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, the leading scorer in last season’s Champions League group stage.

Speaking at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, Aysal said: “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.”

However, he said Chelsea had “not yet” made an approach, adding: “We had some requests from Lazio at the end of the summer, but the deal didn't go through because the conditions were not satisfied.”

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