Lazio step up chase to sign £13m Turkish striker

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Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal target Burak Yilmaz looks set to complete a move to Italy, after Lazio made contact with Galatasaray about a transfer for the £13million-rated striker, reports talkSPORT.

The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Turk Telekom Arena this summer, with the Premier League touted as a possible destination.

Jose Mourinho has been credited with an interest in bringing the Turkey international to Stamford Bridge, as he looks to add a prolific frontman to his Chelsea first-team ranks.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has also been mooted as an admirer of Yilmaz, though he is unlikely to pay the premium that Galatasaray are demanding, given that the Emirates Stadium outfit are yet to make any signings this transfer window.

David Moyes completes the trio of Premier League managers monitoring the player's situation, with Manchester United also uncharacteristically quiet in the market so far this summer.

Wilfried Zaha is the only notable arrival at Old Trafford, and the reigning champions now look to have missed out on Yilmaz as well, as Lazio edge closer to completing a deal.

According to reports in Italy, the Serie 'A' club made an initial enquiry to take Yilmaz on a season-long loan. However, Galatasaray rejected that offer, along with Lazio's revised £8million bid for the striker's signature.

With 25 per cent of any fee received needing to be paid to Yilmaz's former club Trabzonspor, the Süper Lig side are holding out for £13million.

In the meantime, Yilmaz has still been selected by manager Fatih Terim, and got off the mark for 2013/14 when he scored the winner in Galatasaray's 2-1 victory Gaziantepspor on Monday evening, adding to the 24 goals he netted in 30 league appearances last season.

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