Liverpool have 'immediately started working' on £25m transfer after Virgil Van Dijk assessment

Bars Alper Ylmaz during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between Austria and Turkiye
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Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Galatasaray winger Baris Alper Yilmaz.

The Turkish forward scored seven goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season. His performances played a key role in Galatasaray's league title win last term where, they also reached the Europa League knockout playoff round and Turkish Cup quarter-finals.

And now Turkish publication Milliyet claims that the 24-year-old’s performances for Turkey at Euro 2024 has seen interest emerge from Anfield. Alper Yilmaz did not score at the Euros in Germany but helped his nation reach the quarter-finals where they lost 2-1 to the Netherlands on Saturday evening.

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It is said that Alper Yilmaz's performance against the Dutch 'surprised' Liverpool, who have ‘immediately started working’ to try and secure a deal. The forward has a contract with Galatasaray until 2027 and is reportedly valued at €30m (£25m).

The report adds that his current club are hoping to secure a big figure after his performance against the Netherlands.

Reds centre-back and captain Virgil Van Dijk heaped praise on Turkey and Yilmaz in the aftermath of the Netherlands’ victory. He said: “Baris Alper Yilmaz was running constantly. He was running elusive.

“It was difficult for every defender. He made it very hard for us. He couldn’t score a goal though. If we were to describe him in any way, he is a really important player.”

Liverpool are not the only ones said to be interested in the Turkey star. Premier League rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to have expressed interest, although the Reds' qualification for the Champions League could give them the edge in potentially signing him