Aston Villa considering Baris Alper Yilmaz swoop

Aston Villa will reportedly look to sign 23-year-old Turkish winger Baris Alper Yilmaz from Galatasaray in the summer transfer window.

According to a report by Sabah, as relayed by Sport Witness, Baris Alper Yilmaz is the subject of interest from Aston Villa. The Villans are scouring the market for an attacker after deciding not to complete a permanent move for Nicolo Zaniolo. And they are ready to open talks with Galatasaray, with the club demanding at least €20 million to sell the 23-year-old winger.

Who is Baris Alper Yilmaz?

Baris Alper Yilmaz has gone under the radar among many highly-rated young players in his homeland. Turkiye has seen the rise of several promising prospects, including Arda Guler, Ridvan Yilmaz, and Kenan Yildiz. The Galatasaray winger has now risen in prominence after a few years of slogging without the spotlight shining on him.

A native of Rize, the 23-year-old joined Galatasaray in July 2021 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Yilmaz has enjoyed a solid 2023/24 campaign thus far, contributing to 15 goals in 49 appearances, finding the back of the net six times while providing nine assists.

Yilmaz’s progress has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of a few well-known clubs. A move to the Premier League might be on the cards, with Aston Villa considering an approach ahead of the summer transfer window amid a lack of satisfaction with Nicolo Zaniolo’s output.

Premier League move on the cards?

Aston Villa’s interest in Baris Alper Yilmaz is understandable. With Nicolo Zaniolo failing to make his mark since arriving on loan from Galatasaray, a permanent move is out of the question. So, Aston Villa must scour the market for a replacement as they look to bolster the offensive unit in the summer transfer window.

Several candidates, including Paulo Dybala, have emerged on Aston Villa’s radar. And Yilmaz is also an option worth considering due to his versatility. Meanwhile, the 23-year-old will not cost a bomb, with Galatasaray demanding at least €20 million to part ways with him in the summer transfer window.

Yilmaz is one of several attackers on Aston Villa’s radar ahead of the summer. With Zaniolo’s time at Villa Park ending, we might see the versatile Turkish defender arriving at the West Midlands club in the coming months.

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