Jose Mourinho could be set to delve into the January transfer bun-fight for Turkish international striker Burak Yilmaz with Chelsea forwards Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba yet to nab a league goal.
The Blues are already 11/4 second favourites in bwin’s Premier League title betting, a price that would only constrict with the recruitment of a reliable goal-getter like the Turk.
Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski scored more Champions League goals than Yilmaz in 2012/13.
The 28-year-old’s eight-goal haul in Europe’s top club competition was all the more impressive given his side only reached the quarter-finals.
His scoring feats showed fans across the continent what their brethren in Turkey had known for some time, namely that Yilmaz was lethal and by the end of the campaign his account had swelled to 87 goals in his last 118 appearances.
Prior to the three seasons in which he amassed that impressive total his career had taken a long time to get going with none of his previous ten campaigns yielding more than nine goals.
However, four strikes in his last four international games offers further evidence that his scoring touch is not a quirk of the Turkish Super Lig.
Jose Mourinho is thought to be a long-term admirer.
The Blues gaffer made his admiration for the striker clear before his Real Madrid side’s Champions League quarter-final visit to the Turk Telekom Arena last season suggesting “Drogba, Sneijder and Burak could play for any team in the world.”
Sacrificing Ba could snare him for a bargain price.
Chelsea were one of a host of admirers swarming around Yilmaz after his standout campaign, but were ultimately dubious about his club’s £20m asking price.
With Ba reportedly amenable to a move to Istanbul the Senegalese forward could make the deal far more commercially viable for the west London outfit by chiselling off a good portion of the damage.