Arsenal & Chelsea handed Turkish striker boost

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Arsenal and Chelsea striker target Burak Yilmaz failed to complete a move to Lazio in the closing stages of the summer transfer window after the Serie ‘A’ club failed to agree a fee with Galatasaray.

The player’s agent, Ali Egesel, claims to have agreed personal terms with the Italian outfit for the striker, but was subsequently blamed by their club president, Claudio Lotito, for playing a major part in the move’s collapse.

However, Egesel has hit back at the claims, suggesting that Lazio ‘lack serious leadership’ after falling short of the fee Gala wanted for the player.

"We had reached agreement on the terms of the Burak. I had accepted the offer from Lotito,” the agent told Calciomercato.

"But the last request from Galatasaray was a fee of €11m plus €4m [in add-ons]. Lazio responded by offering €9.5m plus €2m.

"This can be seen also from the lack of seriousness by the leadership. I have not hindered any negotiation."

TalkSPORT claims the failure to complete a move could encourage interested Premier League parties, with the Gunners and Blues two clubs previously linked with player.

Yilmaz, who has scored 59 times in just 67 appearances for Gala, also proved himself in the Champions League last season – a factor which could explain the interest of the aforementioned English duo.

Arsenal completed a mega-deal for Mesut Ozil on deadline day, with the German international moving to the Emirates Stadium for a club-record fee in excess of £40million.

However, the north London outfit remain light of options in attack, with Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo the only options available to manager Arsene Wenger.

And, with Ozil creating the chances, Yilmaz could flourish at Arsenal if they do decide to pursue the player in the New Year.

As for Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho seems unsure of his attacking options after failing to bring Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge during the transfer window.

The Special One has options with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, although young prodigy Romelu Lukaku was loaned out by the west London outfit to gain more first team experience.

Yilmaz would provide Chelsea with something different up-front, although it remains to be seen if they make a move for him in January.

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