Reports have emerged in several Mexican dailies stating that Real Sociedad will make Carlos Vela their highest paid player in an effort to keep him after a great season in San Sebastian.
Club president Jokin Aperribay has come out and said that keeping Vela will be the primary objective of their summer transfer business, and Vela has said himself that he wants to stay in La Liga – preferably with Sociedad, but with the options of going to Espanyol or Real Betis.
The sticking point in this whole deal is a transfer fee. Vela himself has said that he didn’t think Sociedad would be able to match Arsenal’s demands (hence his statements about wanting to stay in La Liga – regardless of which team he played for). According to these reports, Arsenal want €8 million for Carlitos, which is out of reach for most clubs that Vela would interest, especially in since the country is skint.
The Basque side are reportedly offering €3 million with various add-ons and bonuses that could total upto €5.5 million – still some ways short of Arsenal’s valuation.
As we’ve heard repeatedly over the last month or two, the biggest priorities of our transfer window will be offloading all our fringe and out-of-favour players. A big obstacle to this is the wages that some of our players are on, that clearly can’t be matched by the clubs they interest. This means that players will either prefer going out on loan and seeing out their contracts, or agreeing on some sort of payout with us on the difference on wages when they leave. The signs are positive with Vela however – he has repeatedly said that he’s enjoying his football right now, and just wants to play – so in all likelihood he would be willing to accept a lower wage if we decided to accept a lower fee.
Vela showed a lot of promise early on at the Arsenal, however a loss of form and focus, in addition to reported “lifestyle indiscipline” saw him become more and more of a peripheral figure in England. Like Eduardo, he was another one that failed to adapt to our switch to a 4-3-3/4-51. He’s been revitalised in Spain, scoring 12 goals and assisting 8 to keep the Basque side up.
On the topic of Latin American strikers who sometimes play wide – anyone else think that Carlos looks a little bit like Hulk?