Report: Arsenal tempted by old boy Vela


According to journalist Enrique Marin of Spanish publication Vozpopuli, Arsenal are trying to re-sign Carlos Vela.

The 25-year-old Mexican only quit the Emirates for Real Sociedad two years ago but it’s been suggested the Gunners are ready to activate a €4 million buy-back clause they inserted in his contract on his departure.

An important part of Sociedad’s attack since an initial loan deal in 2011, Vela has flourished in Spain netting the goals his potential always threatened in England. This season he’s bagged 18 goals in 44 appearances dovetailing impressively with French international Antoine Griezmann, himself linked with the Gunners in the recent past.

The report claims that Real Sociedad could have sold Vela and paid Arsenal a percentage of the sale total, however, their failure to do so has left them vulnerable to an opportunistic swoop by Arsene Wenger.

Vela’s current contract at the Estadio Anoeta lasts until next summer and it remains to be seen whether he’d want to return to London. The existence of a buy-back clause is one thing, the agreement of personal terms quite another.

As always Arseblog News suggests the above be taken with a pinch of salt. That the clause in his contract not only exists but is public knowledge means it was only a matter of time before someone decided to run a story about a return to Arsenal. Cheap hits always whet the editor’s appetite…not here though. *cough*

Of course, there are good reasons to buy Vela. He’s a striker – we need one of those – and he’s currently available below market value.

There’s even the suggestion we could buy him and sell him on again within the same window thus raking in a tidy profit in the process. The problem with that is Arsene Wenger isn’t the type to treat Vela like a commodity to be traded at whim…this isn’t Championship manager after all.

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