Liverpool battle Chelsea for 32-goal hit-man.
Liverpool are eyeing Chelsea target Burak Yilmaz as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, if the Uruguayan manages to force a move away from Anfield, according to The Metro.
The Turkish hitman plays for Galatasaray, and scored 32 goals last season, including eight in the Champions League, after his €5 million move from Trabzonspor last summer.
Brendan Rodgers is seemingly making contingency plans if star-striker Luis Suarez does leave the Merseysiders this window. Arsenal have already had a £30m bid rejected for the want-away forward, and Real Madrid have been credited with a strong interest.
Yilmaz is a central striker, and many Reds fans would question whether he was needed considering the brilliant form of Daniel Sturridge in that position since his January arrival. Luis Suarez is capable of playing a deeper role, which complimented Daniel Sturridge perfectly. Yilmaz though, does not have Suarez’s versatility, and would not suit the second striker role Suarez excelled in during the second half of the season.
If Suarez were to leave, the acquisition of a proven attacking midfielder would probably suit them better, enabling Sturridge to continue in his lone striker role. Chistian Eriksen is reportedly a target, after the Reds missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryn to Borussia Dortmund.
Rivals Chelsea have already missed out on reported Colombian superstar target Falcao this summer, and look likely to be pipped by PSG in their pursuit of Edinson Cavani, too. The Blues do have Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku filling the striking berths, so failure to sign a forward in the coming months would unlikely be fatal to their title ambitions.
Much depends, of course, on the league form of Fernando Torres, who has only scored 15 Premier League goals since his arrival in 2011. Mourinho has Lukaku waiting in the wings to take Torres’s spot however, and the Portuguese manager has already spoken highly of the young Belgian international.