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Unal Aysal responds receptively to talk of an £18 million swoop for the Turkish forward in January, after a move for the 28-year-old to Lazio collapsed in the summer

By Greg Stobart

Galatasaray chairman Unal Aysal has opened the door for Chelsea to bid for forward Burak Yilmaz in January.

The Blues have been linked with an £18 million move for the 28-year-old in the winter transfer window, who scored 32 times in 39 matches last season.

"I think, if he wants to go and Chelsea are interested, then of course," said Aysal at the Leaders in Football conference. "Why not? I favour Turkish players moving to big European clubs.

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"We haven't had contact from Chelsea yet. We spoke to Lazio at the end of the summer but the conditions were not satisfactory."

Aysal also backed new manager Roberto Mancini to bring the club success in the Champions League after the Italian signed a three-year contract to replace Fatih Terim.

"It's essential to be in the Champions League and his priority is to be successful in the Champions League," the chairman added. "When you look at his past, he was successful in England and Italy but he didn't do too much in the Champions League. It's a good chance for him to prove himself in the Champions League.

"He's a successful manager with good credentials. Galatasaray needed some change after two years of success domestically and in the Champions League. I think he will bring a new colour to Galatasaray and Turkish football."

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