Are Arsenal Making A Mistake With This €12.5m Striker Deal?

By on June 18, 2014

Reports today suggest that Arsenal have finally struck a €12.5m deal with Real Sociedad to remove our buy-back clause for Carlos Vela.

There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks surrounding the future of Vela with initial reports suggesting we would trigger our €4m buy-back clause that was inserted into his contract when we sold him two years ago.

Subsequent reports claimed that we would use the buy-back clause as a bargaining tool to land Antoine Griezmann, but those rumours appear to have died down and now we’re supposedly just trying to sell the clause.

It appears things are now reaching a conclusion as the Daily Star are citing reports coming from Spanish outlet Marca that claim a deal has now been reached that will see Sociedad pay us €12.5m (£10m) to remove the buy-back clause from Vela’s contract.

Obviously it remains to be seen how much truth there is in this latest report, but it seem inevitable that we’ll pass up the opportunity to re-sign Vela and i’m just wondering if it’s the best option.

The Mexican has really blossomed in Spain and scored 16 goals and provided 12 assists last season. Those are some impressive figures and if you took away his name and went on just the stats, I’m sure many more fans would be excited about the possibility of buying him.

Lets face it, the 25-year-old would be an absolute steal at €4m and he’d be able to fill two positions in the squad we need to strengthen; a striker and a pacey wide man.

Obviously selling the buy-back clause for €12.5m is shrewd business if Arsene still doesn’t think Vela can cut it in the Premiership, but it’s vital the boss uses the money to bring in some top talent. There’s no point passing up the chance and just banking the money we make from the buy-back clause. Money is the last thing we need!

While I personally think bringing Vela back should be given some serious consideration, I’d be more than happy to pass it up if the boss went and signed Alexis Sanchez or Pedro, but I’m just not convinced we’re going to see that caliber of player signed this summer, no matter how much money we have in the bank.

If Arsene is just going to have a speculative punt on some winger from Ligue 1, then i’d sooner we signed Vela….


  1. silentstan

    June 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    no mistake. now stop wasting peoples time

  2. Neal

    June 18, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    He’s a cracking player who never got his chance first time round (3 league starts, 23x 83rd minute substitute). I’d take him back.

  3. mrglobeman

    June 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm


  4. nigel hill

    June 18, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Sell the buy back insert a first option he never did get his chance at arsenal but he is happy where he is!

  5. Aussie Jack

    June 19, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Arsenal`s loss is Vela`s gain. He can now get on with his career.

  6. mystic

    June 19, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Obviously selling the buy-back clause for €12.5m is shrewd business

    Will someone please explain how this is ‘shrewd business’? The indications are that he is worth circa £20m in the transfer market – so a profit of £16m, this suggests Arsenal are ok with one of only £10m?

  7. nigel hill

    June 19, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Well 10m + previous fee then there would be agent fees and signing on fees etc and there’s no promises he will have another good season 1 season doesn’t make him a 20m player all things considered yeah its shrewd especially as a few weeks ago we wasn’t getting a penny for him, oh yeah he don’t wanna come back either!

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