Carlos Vela transfer to Arsenal: Arsenal WILL activate £3.5m buy-back clause in Vela contract confirm Real Sociedad
Vela left the Gunners in 2012 but has impressed enough during his time in Spain that Arsene Wenger wants him back at the Emirates
Arsenal are going to activate a clause in Carlos Vela’s contract that will see them move for their former striker for just £3.5m, according to Real Socidedad’s president.
Jokin Aperribay has confirmed that the Premier League side have spoken to him regarding a move for the striker who left the Gunners in 2012 after failing to secure a place in the Arsenal first team.
But having allowed Vela to head to Spain after a successful loan spell with the La Liga club, Arsenal were quick to put a buy-back clause in place that would allow them to re-sign the Mexican for a minimal fee, and Aperribay has confirmed that he has been in London this week to discuss a move.
“Arsenal have informed us that Vela would be with them next season,” said Aperribay, who appears to be convinced that Vela will favour a move back to London.
The 25-year-old, who came through the Arsenal academy after arriving at the club in 2006, was highly-rated during his early years in England, but failed to push on as much as manager Arsene Wenger had hoped. He was instead farmed out on loan in consecutive seasons to Salamanca, Osasuna, West Bromwich Albion and eventually Sociedad, where he then completed a permanent move two years ago.
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But since arriving at the Anoeta, Vela has hit a rich vein of form that has seen him net 48 times in 124 appearances, as well as providing an impressive 29 assists for his team-mates. One of those is French international Anotine Griezmann, and with interest in the forward coming from Arsenal, they could still yet use Vela to try and land the 23-year-old.
However, Aperribay was later quoted as suggesting Vela would rather stay in Spain than return to England, saying: "We are fortunate that the player is keen to stay in San Sebastian with us and that's an important factor for Real Sociedad."
Vela and Griezmann celebrate the latter's goal for Real Sociedad against Barcelona Reports last month claimed that Arsenal could sign Vela only to offer him straight back to Sociedad plus a cash fee that would meet their asking price. Vela is believed to be worth around £8m, meaning Arsenal would have to offer upwards of £12m if they were to land one of Wenger’s main targets this summer.
Wenger has said previously: “We are following him [Griezmann] in great detail. He attracts other clubs as well but we follow him, he is a known commodity.”
Greizmann could benefit from a strong World Cup showing having been called up to Laurent Blanc’s squad for Brazil 2014, and with the recent news that Franck Ribery will miss the entire tournament through injury, he stands to be afforded far more playing time than he will have originally expected.
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