Nacho Monreal decided to return to Spain after six and a half years in England, signing a two-year contract with Real Sociedad in August 2019. The Spaniard has been open about wanting to play in LaLiga Santander again, but after coming to the club in May 2018 Unai Emery made it clear that he didn’t want to lose his defender. This only postponed Monreal’s decision to return to his home country and his family. He reveals that once his mind was made up he started following Real and wanted them to win.
After six years at Arsenal Football Club, Nacho Monreal has left the Emirates in favour of a switch to Spanish club Real Sociedad. It marks the first time that he will be returning to Spanish football since he left for Arsenal, with his prior location being Malaga.
The 33 year old has actually featured in all three of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far this season and even served as captain during the game against Burnley. Alas, with his replacement Kieran Tierney being set to return to full fitness shortly, it’s quite clear to see that Monreal wasn’t interested in the idea of playing second fiddle. In many ways you can understand his logic, but in others, it’s a shame to see a player that was fairly consistent move on to pastures new.
Reiterating what other managers have said before about the Premier League transfer window finishing two weeks before the rest of Europe’s, Unai Emery says it is unfortunate and not normal, because the clubs are in a position to lose their players in the last minute without the possibility of getting suitable replacements.
Asked about the rumoured departure of left-back Nacho Monreal, the Arsenal boss candidly replies that it looks like his compatriot will be leaving Emirates Stadium before the European transfer window closes in seven days’ time.
Speaking to Evening Standard, Nacho Monreal has revealed he is happy at Arsenal.
The Spaniard has been linked with a return to his native country. Barcelona are said to be looking at him, along with Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno and Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis, as a possible experienced backup option for Jordi Alba while Real Sociedad are also keeping an eye out for any developments.
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal’s Spanish international defender Nacho Monreal could be set for a move to Real Sociedad this summer.
The Basque club have sold another Spanish international Alvaro Odriozola to Real Madrid for a reported fee of £30million, so they need a replacement for the youngster. Spanish football journalist Kike Marin is the person responsible for reporting of Real Sociedad’s interest in signing Monreal.
Not in Unai Emery’s plans
The Mirror claims that Monreal is not looking to leave the north London club this summer. In fact, that it could be a battle to persuade the defender to leave North London in the near future.
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is being linked with a summer move back to Spanish La Liga, according to the latest reports, with both Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao reportedly keen on hi services.
The Spaniard is in the final year of his contract at the Emirates and he has yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners. The club should ultimately offer him a one-year contract as the midfielder is keen on staying in North London.
With Arsenal now looking likely to cash in on their selling rights for Real Sociedad Carlos Vela (for around £10M) should they be using the Mexican to push through a deal to sign talented winger Antoine Griezmann?
Arsenal are 5/2 to win the race for his signature, but haven’t made a genuine approach for the 23-year-old yet, while the move to relinquish Vela of his attached buy-back clause is gaining momentum.
Vela, 25, has enjoyed a prolific spell in Spain since his move from Arsenal. His goal contributions have been superb for Sociedad, scoring 12 and assisting 7 in 2011/12, 14 & 9 in 2012/13, and 16 & 12 in 2013/14.
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.
According to the Guardian, Arsenal is set to activate the buy-back clause in the contract of Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela. The Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay is believed to have told Spanish radio station Cadena SER: “Arsenal have informed us that Vela would be with them next season.”
The buy-back fee of £3.5million is a very small amount for a player that has just enjoyed probably the most productive campaign of his career so far. The Mexican forward scored 16 goals in La Liga and got 12 assists.
Mexican forward Carlos Vela has all but closed the door on the return to the Emirates by revealing that he did not enjoy his time in English Premier League.
The highly rated footballer has been mentioned as a possible reinforcement for the Gunners, who can still entertain a buy-back clause for a nominal fee, but it appears the 25-year-old will not be returning to England, let alone Arsenal.
And while the two clubs are in negotiations to remove the clause from the player’s contract, Vela has made it clear that he is perfectly happy at Anoeta, while suggesting he was unhappy during his time in England.