The players Newcastle sign this summer will be dependent on which division we are in next season.
There is still that awful and soul destroying possibility we will be relegated for the second time in three years.
We hope that doesn’t happen because it would be another massive disaster for the club.
But assuming we can survive and that Rafa Benitez stays with us, he will want to improve the squad big time, so the exact same thing doesn’t happen next season and we are struggling again.
There are reports today that Newcastle have become the latest club to be interested in Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan.
But when we were watching Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun late last year, there were reports in November that Rafa was also interested in the German U21 International midfielder.
Tolgay Arslan – Besiktas central midfielder
Turkish-Football are reporting that Newcastle scouts have been present at recent Besiktas games and are continuing to watch the 27-year-old.
Arslan joined Besiktas back in January 2015 from Hamburg, where he had been since 2009, and he’s on a four and a half year contract in Turkey.
Back in November, there were reports Newcastle could lodge a bid in January for the German, but that didn’t happen.
The German-born midfielder started his career at Borussia Dortmund and is a versatile player who can play anywhere across the midfield, and he could be a useful addition to the Newcastle squad.
While he was born and raised in Germany in Paderborn, he has Turkish parents and played for the Turkey Youth sides at U19 and U21 level.
He then played for the German U20 and U21 sides.
Since he joined Besiktas in 2015, he’s made 106 appearances with 2 goals and 10 assists.
He can play either in the holding role in central midfield or as an attacking midfielder.
The new news this week in Turkish Football is that Newcastle have made an inquiry to Besiktas about Arslan with Chelsea also said to be interested in the midfielder.
If Rafa stays then hopefully Mike Ashley will give him some big money to sign some talented players, but that’s far from being guaranteed given Ashley’s very poor track record on Tyneside.
What do you think?