Arsenal Open Talks To Sign £25m-Rated Attacker In Bargain Deal

By on May 22, 2014

Some interesting news has been doing the rounds over the past 24 hours with reports in Spain claiming that Arsenal have opened talks with Real Sociedad over the futures of both Carlos Vela and Antoine Griezmann.

We’ve been linked with both attackers in recent weeks and it seems Arsene Wenger is keen to bring one to the Emirates this summer, but the big question is which player is he most interested in?

Greizmann has attracted the attention of some top clubs after hitting 16 goals last season, despite spending most of his time on the wing, and it’s understood he has a €30m (£25m) buy-out clause in his contract.

Vela has been superb at Sociedad since we sold him two years ago for just €3m and has just enjoyed the best season of his professional career, with the Mexican scoring 21 and providing 13 assists last campaign.

However, we inserted a clause in his contract stipulating we can buy him back for just €4m and widespread reports claim Arsene Wenger is contemplating triggering the clause this summer. The 26-year-old has even suggested Arsenal would be ‘stupid’ not to re-sign him for such an amount.

Sociedad are desperate to hang on to Vela and it’s claimed that they have asked to remove the buy-back clause, only to be told by Arsenal that it would cost them €12m to do so. The cash-strapped club can’t afford to pay that kind of money so Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim we’ve put forward a proposal that would see the €12m used a part-payment for Griezmann’s signature.

With Griezmann valued at €30m – if this deal is accepted – that would see us sign the French international for a bargain €18m – which works out at around £14.5m. Obviously it’s a tricky one for Sociedad as they’d lose Greizmann on the cheap, but they’d get to keep hold of Vela and remove our buy-back clause without paying a penny.

For Arsenal, it’s kind of a win-win situation. We have the chance to buy Vela for well below his market value and either keep hold of him or sell him on at a huge profit, with his market value around £20m. Alternatively, we turn down the chance to re-sign him, remove the buy-back clause and sign Greizmann for well below what he’s truly worth.

Vela has hinted he’d be open to a return to Arsenal as long as he’d get regular action, but even if he turned down the chance to come back, we also have a 50% sell-on clause meaning we’d take half of any future fee that Sociedad sell him for.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out but I’d happily see either Vela or Griezmann join Arsenal. However, if we’re looking at it strictly from a financial point-of-view, buying Vela back for €4m would probably make the most sense.


  1. Ebuka

    May 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    People will say lets try grezman.vela have failed.but i tink vela is nw grown up jst lyk ramsey.arsene get vela if u are to get one.if u can get two dat would be excellent

  2. emmanuel

    May 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    let buy two of them

  3. Denis Tukei

    May 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    He shd resign vela en even buy griezman.

  4. olawale. george

    May 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Wenger. Should. Sing Griezman & draxler

  5. elewure

    May 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm


  6. John

    May 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    If we can get them both then their combina tion could be vital to Arsenal.

  7. greatjay

    May 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Pls makesure to sign good player for us dis season!

  8. Andy

    May 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    If Griezmann has a 30 million euro buyout clause and Vela 4, we get both players for 34 million euro’s or 27.5 million pounds. I like the Idea of removing clauses in Vela’s contract to get Griezmann on the cheap as I would prefer a world class striker, can’t really judge a player on one season, look what happend to Michu for example.

  9. wandiraashers

    May 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    let arsenal get abetter player

  10. Gab

    May 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Because of the money involved in both deals if wenger want success get the two players

  11. Benjamin Teko

    May 23, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I wld like to see both of them….gunners 4 life

  12. emirate

    May 23, 2014 at 12:27 am

    we shud brin bk carlos vela,he’s d best utility player iv sin apart 4m francesc fabregas. So lets brin in cesc,vela,benzemar,reus,song,cuadrado,v.enyeama n anoda utility#2&3 defender 2 bk up defence.

  13. Bob

    May 23, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Giroud should be sold fast if you ask me ,Vela and Griezman brought to the Emirates because we need fresh bite in our attack.

  14. Ibrahim Rabiu

    May 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I will be glad to see two of them at the Emirate Stadium, pls Wenger try and sign Fabregas again his future is in Arsenal not Barcelona or Man U. And a replacement of Sagna that is what we need this season, he should not sell Ramsey, Carzola, Podolski. Wenger should not try that & sell them. If he try that this is where we say Good bye 2 him. Up Gunners.

  15. Gab

    May 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Vela can play at both wide positions & as a striker. He knows the epl – gotta get him.

  16. Oral chijindu

    May 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm


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  18. James

    May 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Just get us good players dats all.

  19. James

    May 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Just get us good players dats all n Wenger should get a good right back.

  20. Justin

    May 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Wenger should sign griezman and vela and also capture gundogan. Wenger needs to spend if he wants more cups.

  21. Mohamedlamin Sanneh

    May 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    wenger should do away with sanogo ateta goriod and bring in fresh legs remember the premier league is going to be tough this year

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