Manchester United & Arsenal given transfer hope over £10m Champions League hotshot

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Manchester United and Arsenal have been given transfer hope in their pursuit of Galatasaray goal-machine Burak Yilmaz.

The 27-year-old has been in sparkling form since arriving at the Turk Telekom Arena last summer, netting 31 goals in 26 games since arriving from Trabzonspor.

Eight of those have come in the Champions League, putting Yilmaz level with Cristiano Ronaldo and ahead of Lionel Messi in the race for the competition’s golden boot.

It’s form which has alerted the Premier League’s top clubs, according to The Daily Express, with the paper going on to claim that £10million might be enough to force Gala’s hand in the transfer window.

"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," manager Fatih Terim told The Observer.

"Andriy Shevchenko was the same. He is always thinking about scoring one more goal . Loving football is very important. I think he is going to get better and better."

Arsenal are short of attacking options this season, with Olivier Giroud the only option through the centre for manager Arsene Wenger.

And, whilst Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski can both play in the position if required at the Emirates Stadium, a lack of depth has proved to be problematic this term both domestically and in Europe.

Indeed, an inability to qualify for the Champions League could have a major impact on Arsenal’s activity in the transfer market at the end of the season, and Yilmaz is unlikely to make a step back after such a big impact in the competition this term.

Manchester United will have no such worries about reaching Europe’s top table next term, but already have plenty of attacking options at their disposal.

Sir Alex Ferguson has four main strikers to choose from, with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all vying for places in the Red Devils starting line-up at Old Trafford.

Yilmaz would add another attacking dimension to the Manchester United attack, although his arrival could coincide with the departure of one of the club’s current forward quartet.

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