Chelsea encouraged to make Burak Yilmaz move
Chairman Unal Aysal revealed that he will not stand in Yilmaz’s way if a suitable offer is tabled for the prolific forward.
Speaking at the Leaders in Football conference, which is being staged at Stamford Bridge, Aysal said: “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.”
Asked if the Blues had already made an approach, he added: “No, not yet.
“We had some requests from Lazio at the end of the summer, but the deal didn’t go through because the conditions were not satisfied.”
But according to Eurosport Turkey, Mourinho is a long-term admirer of Yilmaz and is ready to sacrifice Ba in a bid to get his man.
Mourinho was dissuaded from bidding for the 28-year-old striker during the summer because he was told that he would cost £20m, but that fee could drop somewhat should Ba be included in any deal.
Yilmaz scored 32 goals in 39 appearances for Galatasaray last season and Mourinho praised the player ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final clash against the Turkish side, saying:
“Drogba, Sneijder and Burak [Yilmaz] could play for any team in the world.” – Jose Mourinho
Meanwhile, Ba has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea and was linked to Arsenal, West Ham, Newcastle and Roma as the transfer window drew to a close.
With playing time still difficult to come by it is thought that Ba would be open to the idea of a move to Turkey to link up with new Galatasaray coach Roberto Martinez.