According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are set to sell their rights to Mexican striker Carlos Vela for £8.8million and allow La Liga club Real Sociedad to keep the versatile forward. Vela had been linked with a return to north London, with a £3.5million buy-back clause in his Sociedad contract.
The Gunners could also receive £400,000 if Vela’s Spanish side reach the Champions League and £200,000 if Sociedad make it to the Europa League.
Vela was in good form last season in La Liga, finding the net 16 times and creating 12 goals. The Mexican international had also scored 12 goals in the previous campaign. His form this season had led to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looking at the possibility of bringing him back to the Emirates.
However, Vela is believed to be very happy at the Basque club and wished to stay at the Spanish club, where he seems to have started to fulfil his potential.
He was also reported to be uninterested in a return to north London. The 25-year-old struggled for first team football at Arsenal and any sort of form. The forward never really settled in England and it took a move to Spain for him to find his scoring touch.
Another chance at Arsenal was obviously not what the striker wanted otherwise he would have pushed through a move.
Maybe Vela staying at Sociedad is the best thing for everybody involved in the deal. Vela is producing good form in La Liga, Arsenal are getting money that could be spent on other forward additions and Real Sociedad are keeping hold of one of their key players of recent seasons.
This could prove a very shrewd move by Arsenal. They have just made £8.8million plus, on a player that cost the Gunners less than a £1million in 2005 when he joined from Mexican giants Guadalajara. That is a pretty decent profit considering Vela never convinced in his spell in north London.
For a while Carlos Vela looked like he could have been a cut-price, decent addition to the Arsenal strike-force. However, with his reported reluctance to return to the Gunners, it is probably best that Arsenal turn their attention to other targets.
With the likes of Loic Remy and Mario Balotelli being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, maybe Vela was not the best forward that the Gunners could sign this summer. Wenger can now bank the money from the sale of Vela and hopefully use that and his supposed giant transfer kitty to bring in a top-class striker this summer.
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