It looks like we are already keeping tabs on players we could sign for next season with Turkish newspaper Milliyet reporting that we are interested in Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan.
Strengthening the centre of midfield would certainly be something we would look to do in the summer, and the German born midfield player would likely be someone who fits Rafa`s criteria to play in the role.
The 27 year old does not score many goals or assists, but he can break up play in the middle of the park, and set up attacks. He is also capable in a more advanced role, but generally speaking he has played in the heart of the midfield.
With Jack Colback having left on loan for Forest, and unlikely to return to the first team fold, another midfield battler is certainly needed. Mo Diame has been doing a job alongside either Jonjo or Merino in recent months but in the long term I think we will have to look elsewhere for a solution.
Arslan only signed a new contract at Besiktas back in January, but he has always been in and out the Super Lig club`s first team, and could be available for the right amount. This season, the midfielder has managed only 13 starts in the league, although he has accrued 33 appearances in total.
The club are unlikely to have finalised any transfer targets yet as much will depend on our Premier League survival. However, Rafa and the scouting department will likely have a list of recruits already prepared for the eventuality of staying in the division.
It would be optimistic to think that we will have all the money from TV revenue available in this summer`s transfer kitty, but one can only hope. The Chronicle reports that as much as £100m will be earned by the club from televised matches this campaign, and yet I get the feeling that much of that won`t get into the hands of the manager.
Of course, I`m getting a head of myself a bit there. The main focus has to be staying up before even thinking about new recruits. Still, I`d like to think we are preparing for a productive summer in the transfer market, and Arslan could perhaps be a part of that.