Newcastle contact club about possible transfer after scouting Tolgay Arslan – Report
Tolgay Arslan is being targeted for a Summer transfer by Rafa Benitez according to reports on Wednesday.
The 27 year old is a defensive midfielder who currently plays for Besiktas in Turkey.
The club are currently third in the table but only three points off top, having won the title these past two seasons.
Today’s reports from Turkey claim that Newcastle United have been represented at recent Besiktas matches and have been impressed by what they have seen.
Turkish-Football say that ‘a source close to Besiktas’ has told them about Newcastle scouting the player and that this has now progressed to NUFC contacting Besiktas regarding the midfielder’s potential availability this Summer.
Born in Germany but with a Turkish family background, Tolgay Arslan established himself in the Bundesliga with SV Hamburg before a relatively low cost £400,000 move to Besiktas in January 2015.
The player has never totally made himself an automatic first choice and actually has 43 league starts for Besiktas in three years and has been named on the bench 44 times.
Despite this, it is claimed that Chelsea have also shown interest in the midfielder this season and indeed Chelsea coaches were recently pictured at a Besiktas match, allegedly watching Tolgay Arslan.
This season he has appeared in 20 of Besiktas’ 24 league matches, 13 as a starter and 7 as a sub, plus he has also appeared in five Champions League matches.
The reigning Turkish league champions have done well in this season’s competition and progressed from the group stage, only to be unlucky in drawing Bayern Munich.
Two weeks ago they were hammered 5-0 in Germany, with Arslan appearing as a sub when the score was 4-0. The second leg looks a formality for the German champions.
Tolgay Arslan has appeared at Under 21 level for Turkey but not been selected at senior level.
The midfielder recently signed a new Besiktas deal until 2022 but presumably would be available for transfer with the right offer, as he is not a certain starter.
If he did ever sign for Newcastle then fans would be unlikely to see any/many goals, with SV Hamburg he scored two league goals in his entire time there, and in Turkey hasn’t managed a single league goal yet.
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