Stoke City could sign the first flair player in their history with a former Arsenal forward with a penchant for chipped finishes potentially returning to the Premier League.
Stoke City are set to make a move for former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela, who has lit up La Liga with some fine displays for Real Sociedad this season.
The cultured striker, who has earned 35 caps for Mexico, scoring 9 times, has adapted well to the more technical football in Spain.
Since earning a permanent transfer to Real Sociedad, he has scored 26 goals and supplied 19 assists in 67 La Liga appearances, and has been a key reason for the club’s impressive form this season.
Los Txuri-urdin have a real chance of reaching the UEFA Champions League this season, and could oust Valencia CF for fourth place in La Liga.
Should they reach that goal, it is hard to see Vela choosing to move to Stoke City, a team that would hardly play to his strengths given Tony Pulis’ propensity to employ hit and hope tactics.
However, with Pulis’ job in review this summer, perhaps the club’s interest in Vela points to a different style of play for the Premier League club, with less colossal players and more technicians capable of playing a passing game.