Chelsea move for Burak Yilmaz gets encouragement

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Chelsea have been encouraged to make a bid for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz - by the Turkish club's president.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was credited with an interest in the prolific striker earlier this week and the Stamford Bridge club have been told to come and get him by his current club.

Unal Aysal was speaking at a Leader in Football conference at Chelsea's home ground when he was quizzed over reports of Mourinho being interested in Yilmaz, and he responded in an unusual fashion.

"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," he told reporters.

Chelsea have struggled for consistency in the forward department this season, with Fernando Torres continuing his stuttering form and new signing Samuel Eto'o not yet up to pace with life in the Premier League.

Meanwhile the Blues' third centre-forward, Demba Ba, has admitted he is frustrated at a lack first team opportunities under Mourinho, which are comments that may come of some interest to the likes of Arsenal, who have been linked with a January move for the Senegal international.

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