Turkish international could be set for Serie A switch.
Galatasaray officials have arrived in Rome on Wednesday in order to conclude talks over the sale of striker Burak Yilmaz to Lazio.
The 28-year-old is set to be sold by the Turkish giants after just one year with the club, having arrived in a €5m deal from Trabzonspor last summer.
However, with the arrivals of the likes of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, Galatasaray have decided that he is a player that they can sacrifice despite his impressive goalscoring record, having scored 34 goals in all competitions last season.
Lazio are understood to have made a bid in the region of €9.5m, plus bonuses, for the striker according to Football Italia, and are confident that a deal can be struck and an agreement reached with the player himself.
Galatasaray sporting director Bulent Tulun landed at Fiumicino airport on Wednesday morning and is set to hold discussions with the Biancocelesti later this afternoon.
It is believed that Lazio are making their move for a new striker now following the declaration of Miroslav Klose last week, in which he hinted at a possible return to the Bundesliga at the end of the season.
With his current contract set to expire next summer, he didn’t rule out the possibility of signing an extension with the club, but also left the door open to a return to his homeland.
As a result, Lazio will hope to wrap up a deal for Yilmaz who will represent their longer-term first choice striker, although reports in Turkey have suggested that Galatasaray’s valuation is far higher than the numbers currently being discussed.