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Liverpool and Arsenal miss out on Yilmaz

Yilmaz set to go to Italy. (©GettyImages)
Yilmaz set to go to Italy. (©GettyImages).

Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz has turned down Arsenal and Liverpool to join Lazio, according to the Daily Express.

Yilmaz has been a rumoured target of Liverpool and Arsenal. Arsenal have turned their attentions back to Luis Suarez after looking at Yilmaz.

Liverpool had targeted Yilmaz to replace Suarez, but the Uruguayan striker has since apologised and is set to stay at Anfield.

Yilmaz was a revelation in the Champions League last season. He netted 32 goals in 39 appearances for Galatasaray in 2012/13.

The 28-year-old is set to join Lazio for a fee of around £12million. Yilmaz had been estimated to cost £20million.

Lazio are landing a bargain. Yilmaz has scored consistently over 20 goals nearly each season during his time in Turkey.

Yilmaz is a regular for the Turkish national team. He has netted nine goals in 27 appearances. He consistently scores important goals for club and country.

Yilmaz is a target man. He is tall at 6ft 2in. He is strong and not easily muscled off the ball. Most importantly he is an instinctive finisher.

Liverpool and Arsenal may regret letting Yilmaz out of their grasp. Both teams are crying out for a new striker, with Arsenal's injury hit squad and Liverpool's lack of squad depth.

Arsenal fans will be particularly annoyed that manager Arsene Wenger has missed out on another target and has failed to spend so far this transfer window.

Burak Yilmaz may be one of the signings of the summer, but sadly will not be featuring in the Premier League this coming season.

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