Arsenal have confirmed that Carlos Vela is to hold official talks this evening with Real Sociedad in order to finalise his move away from the Emirates.
As Arseblog News has been reporting throughout the summer, Sociedad have made Vela their priority signing of the summer after the Mexican international impressed on loan last season, scoring 12 goals in total.
In a statement on the official website, Arsenal say, “Arsenal Football Club has announced that striker Carlos Vela is in San Sebastian this evening for final discussions about a permanent move to Spanish La Liga side Real Sociedad.”
Such talks would suggest that agreement has finally been reached between the clubs. Although a fee of around €4m has been mooted for some weeks, the sticking point appears to have been Arsenal’s interest in the player should the Spanish side sell him on.
Sociedad had suggest a shared ownership arrangement, which Arsenal have rejected, and instead it’s likely that Arsenal will receive at least 50% of any future transfer fee he generates. The club were anxious to recoup as much of their investment in Vela as possible, and at 23 years of age he’s likely to earn the club some money in future seasons.
Vela joined Arsenal in 2007 and spent a season on loan at Osasuna before being granted a work permit. He became well known for his deftly chipped goals, usually in the Carling Cup, but despite chances never established himself as a first team player at the club.
A Premier League loan move to West Brom wasn’t enough to convince Arsene Wenger he had what it takes, and it now looks as if the warmer climes of Spain and the style of football there suit him best.
Arseblog News wishes him well. Adios, muchacho