Carlos Vela will meet with Arsene Wenger in London to discuss his future after a productive season on loan in Spain.
The Mexican scored 12 goals for Real Sociedad helping his team to a comfortable mid-table finish, and will tell the Arsenal manager he wants to leave the club to pursue a more permanent La Liga deal.
Last month Vela spoke about his desire to leave and the interest Sociedad had in keeping him, but such is the financial situation at the Basque club they seem unlikely to be able to afford Arsenal’s asking price, while Vela knows any move is dependent on Arsenal.
Catalan daily Sport reports interest from Salamanca, Celta de Vigo, and Osasuna, as well as Real Sociedad, but claims that Espanyol have made him their priority this season, having been impressed by him when he scored twice in three minutes against them last month.
Vela’s agent, Eduardo Hernández, has already spoken to Espanyol and the Barcelona side must now try to find an agreement with Arsenal over a player who has a contract until 2015.
Whether Arsenal are willing to lower their price to get a player off their books, or if they’ll look to loan him out again remains to be seen. However, Wenger rarely keeps a player who doesn’t want to be at the club and Vela has been quite clear about his intention to stay in Spain on a permanent basis.