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“I Won’t Close The Door On Arsenal Move”
Carlos Vela has refused to rule out the possibility of returning to Arsenal this summer and revealed we can buy him at a bargain price of £3.3m.
Vela was on the books at Arsenal for six years between 2005 and 2011 but spent a lot of his time on loan and only managed 62 appearances for the club, with the majority coming from the subs bench.
He was eventually sold to Real Sociedad for around £2.5m three years ago and he’s really blossomed in La Liga, scoring 40 goals in 104 appearances while also providing 27 assists.
Those are certainly impressive figures for the 25-year-old and understandably he’s been attracting interest from other clubs, with Arsenal among those understood to be keeping an eye on him.
Vela has now been speaking about his future and revealed that he has a buy out clause worth £24.6m but interestingly, we can buy him back for a bargain £3.3m due to a clause we inserted into his deal when he was sold in 2011, and the Mexican says he won’t rule out returning to the Emirates.
‘One possibility is my clause of €30million (£24.6m), but there’s other options and we’re looking at that, to see what we can and can’t do,’ Vela told Radio Marca.
‘Arsenal can come back for me at €4million (£3.3m) at any time, which is €1million more than Real Sociedad paid. I look at things differently these days and I won’t close the door on Arsenal, or any team in England. I think I’m better prepared to play in another country now.’ [source: The Daily Mail]
Vela was always an old favourite of mine and I really thought he was going to make it at Arsenal. He certainly had the talent to. He had bags of skill, pace and his chipped finish was a joy to behold when he pulled it off.
But he just couldn’t cut the physical side of the game and maybe it was a little too soon for him to become a regular at a club like Arsenal. But he’s now matured and has three excellent years of first team football at Sociedad under his belt, so perhaps he’s now ready to try again at the Emirates?
Arsene must surely be tempted to activate the buy-back clause. £3.3m is a bargain for a player of Vela’s quality when you consider what’s he’s done over the last three years, and he’s capable of playing out wide or though the middle, so would give us plenty of options in attack.
We’ve certainly lacked a bit of pace in the team this season and that’s hopefully something the boss will rectify this summer, and I wouldn’t be too disappointed if Vela was the man he turns to.