Sociedad’s Aperribay says Vela is heading back to North London.
Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has confirmed that Arsenal are set to re-sign Carlos Vela this summer for £3.5m.
The Mexican left the Emirates Stadium for Spain in 2012 after six years of frustration with the Gunners, but a buy back clause was written into his contract.
Therefore after a season of success at the Anoeta Stadium – in which Vela scored 16 La Liga goals and provided 12 assists from the right flank – the North London outfit are ready to exercise their power to bring back the 25-year-old.
“Arsenal have informed us that Vela will be with them next season,” Aperribay was quoted by the Mirror.
It is still unknown however whether the Mexico international will want a return to a club where he suffered so much frustration.
Vela first joined Arsene Wenger’s side from Guadalajara in his home nation back in 2006, aged just 16-years-old, but managed just 62 appearances for the club between then and 2012.
His inability to break into the first team saw the forward sent out on five loan spells, the last of which was with Sociedad in 2011/12 before the Spaniards made the deal permanent 12 months later.
Yet with Wenger needing attacking recruitment this summer following a season of frustration in attack for the club, this could be the perfect deal.
Although Vela generally operates from the right wing the attacker can also play on the left and as a striker and would pose some competition to Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo.
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