Real Sociedad chairman has just confirmed that star player Carlos Vela will be returning to Arsenal this summer, and the fact the Mexican forward will be paid mere £3.5 million when some of Europe’s top sides were reportedly prepared to offer around £20 million for his services speaks volumes about the amount of money a simple buy-back clause can save a club.
Carlos Vela was allowed to leave the Gunners in the summer of 2012 for some £3 million after failing to prove his worth at the Emirates, but seeing as how there was still a possibility of the Mexican developing into a world-class player, Arsenal officials ensured to insert a £3.5 million buy-back clause in the deal taking the forward to Anoeta.
Two years later and the clause will allow them to sign one of world’s most talented footballers on a cut-price deal, so whoever did remember to include such a clause should definitely get a hefty pay rise.
Since leaving the Gunners for Real Sociedad, Vela has played consistently at a very high level, scoring a total of 30 goals in 72 La Liga matches despite mostly being used on the wing, so no doubt Arsenal fans will be eager to see him back at the Emirates.
Another club that has profited a great deal from buy-back clauses is Real Madrid as they tend to include said option each time they are selling a player who has come through their own youth academy.
This has seen los Blancos get Daniel Carvajal back just one year after he was sold to Bayer Leverkusen, with the 22-year-old going on to nail down a regular starting berth under Carlo Ancelotti and playing an important part in helping the club win Champions League and Copa del Rey trophies.
These clauses are mostly used by clubs with excellent youth academies as they cannot always give a fair chance to everyone who comes through the youth ranks, but still want to ensure they get a second chance in case their initial prediction does not prove correct.
As one such club, Arsenal should definitely make sure to include a buy-back clause whenever they decide to sell one of their hot prospect, with Carlos Vela serving as a perfect example.