Carlos Vela will remain at Real Sociedad after penning a contract extension that will keep him in San Sebastian until 2018.
The Spanish side confirmed the news this morning after finalising an agreement with Arsenal to purchase the Gunners buy-out clause in the Mexican striker’s contract.
Arsenal sold the player to Sociedad two years ago but retained the right to re-sign the 25-year-old for €3.5 million. It had been suggested that Arsene Wenger might exercise that option this summer given Vela’s form and the value he represented, but instead it looks as though we’ll pocket €11 million while retaining a 20% stake in any future transfer fee. There’s also the potential for us to pocket a further €4 million in add ons.
Speaking of the deal Vela remarked: “I always said that this is my home, I’m happy in San Sebastian as I told the [Sociedad] president when he asked my intentions. We knew it would not be easy [to do a deal with Arsenal], but thankfully it’s now resolved and all parties are happy. ”
Earlier in the summer it was mooted that the Gunners might try and use their strong hand to seal a deal for Sociedad’s French international Antoine Griezmann that however, has all gone very quiet with the player away at the World Cup.
All in all, pretty good business by Dick and Ivan who’ve further swelled the Emirates coffers. Now it’s time to flash the cash.
Did someone say Alexis Sanchez?